sweet oak flavors and a subtle
cream texture from the malo-lactic fermentation, give the
wine a delicious mouthfeel and lengthy finish while the tank
ferment portion keeps the wine bright, crisp and lively.
The 2010 vintage was characterized by cooler than normal growing conditions resulting in a later than usual start of
the harvest. Rainfall returned in 2010 after three dry years, pushed bud break, flowering and fruit-set back by at least
two weeks at the front end of the growing season, and due to the cloud cover, there was fortunately no frost damage
in 2010. Veraison was two to three weeks later than usual, and the cool weather continued during the summer. A
two-day heat spike in late August (the only one of the season!) caused some sunburn damage, especially in
vineyards where aggressive leaf removal had recently been undertaken in anticipation of a late, wet harvest. The
long, cool growing season resulted in concentrated fruit flavors, great natural acidity and flavors that will materialize
into elegant, structured wines, almost European in style. A very promising vintage for our style of wines.
75% tank, 25% barrel (8 mos),
17% malo-lactic, 15% new oak