100% Howell Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon from 3.5-acre lot, 1,700 feet elevation; aged 22 months in predominately new French oak
Nose: Aromas of dark fruit - blackberries, cherries and cranberries - with hints of sandalwood and white pepper spices
Palate: Towering structure, firm tannins and long, velvety finish- black cherry, cola, dark chocolate with a hint of tobacco leaf
Rob Lloyd, Winemaker
Fascinated with wine and the science of winemaking.
MS in Viticulture & Enology from the University of California Davis
Rob's foray into wine started directly after graduating college (for the first time), when he came to Napa to work in a tasting room for the summer before getting a "real job". He became fascinated with wine and the science of winemaking, and began to learn everything he could about the process. While interviewing for a "real job", the interviewer asked him what he had been doing with his time since graduation. After speaking passionately (and at length) about wine, the interviewer said "You seem to love that so much. Why do you want this job?" Rob realized he didn't want it, actually. He thanked the man, and thus began a career in the wine industry. Rob has since earned his MS in Viticulture & Enology from the University of California Davis and worked for many prestigious wineries including Cakebread, Stag's Leap Wine Cellars and La Crema. Rob began crafting Handwritten Wines in the 2009 season and took the position of Director of Winemaking at Jessup Cellars in 2010.
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