Checkerboard Vineyards' 2018 Aurora captivates with its exquisite expression and unwavering quality. On the palate, this wine displays a remarkable balance between power and finesse. Layers of rich dark fruit, such as blackberries and black cherries, intermingle with subtle notes of spice and hints of cocoa. The nose is enticing, revealing an enticing bouquet of ripe berries, blackcurrants, and a touch of vanilla. With each sip, the wine envelops the palate with velvety tannins and a pleasing texture. The finishing taste is long-lasting and harmonious, leaving a lingering impression of elegance. In the glass, it exhibits a deep and vibrant color, showcasing the wine's concentration and depth. Checkerboard Vineyards' 2018 Aurora is a testament to the exceptional terroir of the southeast-facing slope of Diamond Mountain in Calistoga, Napa Valley, capturing the essence of the vineyard's distinct character.