EXZELLENZ, THE OFFICIAL TITLE for “Ambassador” in German, recalls vintner Kathryn Hall’s role as U. S. Ambassador to Austria from 1997 until 2001. The HALL “Exzellenz” is created expressly to showcase our prized Sacrashe vineyard hidden atop the eastern ridge of the Vaca mountain range in Rutherford. With extremely limiting volcanic tuff soils and gentle sloping aspects, our Sacrashe vineyard yields fruit that is always rich, dense, earthy, and opulent—it possesses a purity of focus and pronounced power.
“Exzellenz” is deep, dark purple in color with a heady perfume of dark wild berry, dark cherry, espresso, fresh herbs, tilled earth, and dark chocolate. This wine is both massive and eloquent on the palate with rich, lengthy tannins that frame a graceful core of deep dark fruit and toasted spice flavors. The “Exzellenz” requires patience as it will evolve and unveil its optimal beauty over the course of the next two decades.
VARIETAL COMPOSITION: 100% CABERNET SAUVIGNON
VINEYARD: SACRASHE VINEYARD
AGING: 24 MONTHS IN 80% NEW FRENCH OAK