2014 Gandona Encosta Cabernet Sauvignon
currant, blackberry, cherry, bell pepper, olive, asparagus, spice, ginger, oak and vanilla
currant, blackberry, cherry, cedar and cigar box
"The Story of Gandona is rooted in tradition and a passion for transforming land into something extraordinary. It’s born from an estate that rests upon a sloping hillside high above the beauty of Napa Valley and Lake Hennessey – its vineyards, carved from the steep terrain and planted in four blocks, each possess their own distinct personality.
"Growing up in Portugal, Manuel Pires spent summers on his grandfather's Quinta in the famed wine region of Douro. There, he made a promise to one day live life working the land. In 2006, Manuel and his wife, Cristina, purchased an estate on Pritchard Hill and began development of what would become Gandona Estate. The winery was completed in 2010 and designed to embrace the best of both old- and new-world winemaking techniques. Together with winemaker, Philippe Melka, and viticulturalist, Jim Barbour, they dedicate themselves to producing world-class wines.
"'I believe a wine should tell the story of the soil and represent what the land has to offer. Understanding the vineyard and its potential is a continually evolving process. With each year, I become more inspired by the ability of the land of Gandona.' - Philippe .Melka, Winemaker." - Distributor