With bright acidity and
wonderful tropical and pineapple fruit
flavors combined with sweet vanilla oak
flavors, this wine has a concentrated fruit
character, an appealing mouth feel and a
The 2001 vintage, three weeks early and about 15% lighter than usual followed a roller coaster growing season.
Winter rains were about half of normal, and several nights of frost in April added to a cold and harsh spring. The
hottest May on record caused shatter in some varieties, and the third hottest June on record hastened vine growth.
July temperatures exceeded 100F but were followed by cool August days and cold evenings. This allowed the
grapes to settle, extending the hang time and balance the flavor profiles with the rising sugar levels.
7 months in oak