bold Bordeaux-style blend is a beautiful deep garnet
color. Aromas of blackberry jam, black cherry and
mint dominate the mouth, with undercurrents of anise,
vanilla, caramel, pepper and cream. The rich palate
flavors are reminiscent of berry compote, with balanced
tannins fully engaging the palate, leading into a
finish of dried fruit-like quality emphasized by
22 months in 50% new French Oak barrels and puncheons.
The variety composition is
32% Cabernet Franc, and
10% Cabernet Sauvignon.
Ballentine owns 100 acres of vines spread among
the Crystal Springs Vineyard
at the base of Howell Mountain, Pocai Ranch between
the Napa River and the Silverado Trail, and the Home
Vineyard at the winery. After selling their grapes
for many years to wineries, (Cabernet Sauvignon to
Caymus, Cabernet Franc to Rombauer, Zinfandel to
Rosenblum, Ravenswood and Mondavi) the owners decided
to revive the Ballentine brand for a small
production in 1992. In 1995, they built a
winery behind their 100-year-old farmhouse.
Winner - 2005 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
2001 Integrity will improve with cellaring for
up to 10 years.