In the mid 1990s Julie and Frank Husic found their dream spot in Napa – a virgin parcel of land in the stunning hillsides overlooking the Stags Leap District of Napa Valley. While they dreamed of someday making wine here, they quickly learned that if they wanted to plant on their steep slopes they had to fast track their plans and start immediately (before local regulations would change and take away the possibility forever). Post haste they set to the task of moving rocks and terracing vineyard parcels, all the while leaving room for the local wildlife to peacefully coexist. These rugged, rocky growing conditions demand careful farming methods and yield, at best, a limited amount of magnificent fruit. The lessons gleaned from such purposeful farming show in their wines. Their flagship Cabernet Sauvignon speaks highly to the power and intensity of the 2014 vintage from the steep hillside and rocky terraces of the estate vineyard. The wine starts with exotic personality with a ruby-purple edge. This translates on the palate with black cherry, dark chocolate ganache, roasted herbs, grilled bread and anise. The power and intensity of the vintage don’t overpower the wine but harmoniously integrate with the mountain hillside tannin.