Into its second vintage, Impensata is the newest winery with Nigel Kinsman as the winemaker, David Abreu as their viticulturist and Michel Rolland, their consulting enologist. It is comprised of two estate vineyards- the historic Engelhard Vineyard in the western hills of Calistoga and the Ciminelli Vineyard tucked into the summit of Howell Mountain at 2200 feet in elevation, which is in its 3rd leaf this year. In addition to the estate vineyards, Impensata is privileged to source from two legendary vineyards on Howell Mountain: Ecotone (formerly known as Thorevilos) and David Abreu’s Las Posadas. This 2019 comes from both vineyards and is comprised of Merlot from Ecotone and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon from Abreu Las Posadas. “Deep garnet-purple in color, it bursts with ripe black plums, blackberry preserves and chocolate-covered cherries notes, plus wafts of star anise and sandalwood. Medium to full-bodied, lively and plush in the mouth, it has bags of juicy fruit and a long finish.” 260 cases were made.