Displaying a similar opaque ruby/purple color...has a broader, richer, more skyscraper-like mouthfeel… blackberry, black currant fruit… incense, vanillin and spice. Full-bodied, rich and impressively endowed, it is a brilliant example of just how well Bordeaux varietals can do in selected Sonoma microclimates. The fruit is so sweet that it can be appreciated now for its youth and exuberance...
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Vibrant aromas and flavors of blackberry syrup, baking spices, toasted oak, black tea, cedar, vanilla and cassis, combine with a full, rich mid-palate with considerable, round tannins. Lingering sweet oak notes of crème brûlée and dark chocolate add great depth. This wine’s upfront silkiness and roundness make for a delicious selection now and will drink well for 15—20 years.
Upon entering the winery, the grapes are destemmed, hand sorted and then whole-berry fermented in tank before pressing. Individual lots are moved to barrels for malolactic fermentation, then blended and barrel aged in new and older French oak for 18 months, allowing for the perfect balance of fruit intensity, tannin suppleness and oak sweetness.
Record rainfall in the spring was followed by a mild summer; July being the coolest it’s been in 50 years, then a heat spike around Labor Day followed by more cool weather. The overall mild temperatures led to grapes with higher acid levels at maturity, and which display fresh, vibrant, hand-picked-off-the-vine berry character. Harvest began the end of September, with the last grapes being picked the end of October.
- Sonoma County
- 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Malbec, 5% Merlot, 3% Petit Verdot, 2% Cabernet Franc
- 55% new French oak, 45% older French oak
- Release Day
- Winter 2014