Impenetrable in its youth, it is generous and giving now. It leads with aromas of dried red fruit, black currant, well-tanned leather and cassis. The tannins are fine and complement darker flavors of cocoa powder and espresso beans. You will find the finish lingers with the minerality of crushed rocks and natural acidity that forecasts its age-ability.
Mark Neal has been walking and working organic vineyards almost daily for over 54 years. In 1966, he started as a farmer working alongside his parents on their Napa Valley farm. His love of the land, working with family, and producing small batches of wines was instilled early by his father.
This upbringing of growing organic grapes inspired him, in 1998, to build Neal Family Vineyards, which is wholly owned, farmed, and operated by his family, a rarity in the winemaking world. Today, working beside several of his children, he handcrafts exquisite and complex Cabernet Sauvignon from his estate’s biodynamic and certified organic vineyards in Howell Mountain and Rutherford.