Called ‘Intermezzo’ because co-vintners Vanessa Conlin and winemaker, Maayan Koschitzky consider this to be a bit fuller-bodied than the ‘Prelude’, it comes from the west side of St. Helena off Inglewood Avenue. At this grower vineyard site, the well-drained alluvial soils help to provide complexity in the glass. Upon opening, notes of ‘blackberries, crème de cassis, crushed stones, cedar shavings, cocoa. The palate is mouth-filling and rich, loaded with vibrant red berry fruit and ripe, perfectly integrated tannins.’ While full-bodied and layered with all these flavors, it still maintains elegance. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, Clone 4 is the sole variety for this debut vintage. Maayan aged the wine for 20 months in 100% French oak, 75% new French oak. 200 cases were produced.
2019 marks the debut vintage for Vanessa Conlin and winemaker, Maayan Koschitzky’s new project together, Pas de Cheval. Vanessa has been a longtime friend and colleague in the wine business as well as Maayan, who is currently the head of winemaking for Atelier Melka, which consists of all of Philippe Melka’s winery clients.