Classic vintage for this higher-altitude fruit, with steady diur-
nal shifts and even ripening above the Valley’s fog line around 1,600 feet elevation. Its small clusters were hand-harvested before dawn and hand-sorted before traditional fermentation, with 21-days on the skins. Aged in 100% new French oak barrels for 29 months, with native malolactic fermentation completed by its first spring.
Concentration & focus… a star student, this wine has both. Aus- tere mountain soil meets the abundant sunshine of this south- west-facing slope, its light crop proffering rich aromas of ripe stone fruit and blackberry bramble. Hints of cigar box compli- ment flavors of stewed cherry on the mid-palate and a long fin- ish of clove and capsicum that will age superbly for 15-20 years.