Bottling Date: August 11, 2017
Titratable Acidity: 6.2 g/L
Time in Oak: 21 months
Type of Oak: 100% French, 85% New
While 2015 was another dry year; late winter rains fully recharged the soil profile giving the vines an excellent push come spring. This balance between crop load and canopy allowed for dappled sunlight and encouraged the development of complex flavors. We would be even more grateful for the leaf cover during the sporadic but intense heat storms of September and October. We already expected a smaller vintage after three years of drought when cool temperatures extended bloom from a usual average of 10 days to almost 40 days in some vineyards resulting in an even lighter crop load. This smaller crop brought us an early harvest with wonderful concentration of flavor and lush mature tannins.
This wine opens with a generous full and complex nose constructed of vanilla, cedar, graphite and black currant. Warm and comforting aromas of shortbread, warm blackberry pie and flint keep one coming back to this wine again and again. In the mouth the wine has lots of generosity but also lots of tension. Fine grained tannins mingle with a firm acidity to lift the wine in the palate and gives it a sense of energy. The tannins settle on the finish and lead the wine to a pleasing bloom of rich dark fruit.