The 2016 growing season emerged from a winter with average rainfall, following four drought years. Spring was marked by good soil moisture and warm, dry weather, which minimized any risk of significant frost and ensured average crop yields. A seasonally warm summer slowed shoot growth, and harvest of our red Bordeaux varieties yielded fruit at ideal maturity, with ripe, rich tannins.
Broodingly deep ruby in color, 2016 Steady State shows fragrant notes of cassis buds, ripe red and black cherries, as well as warm, complex aromas of blackberry brambles, wild rosemary and lavender. Intense and focused on the palate, the tannins are well-proportioned, lending elegance and charm throughout the long, aromatic finish. While drinkable upon release, this wine has the balance and structure to drink nicely for 8 to 10 years.