The 2017 growing season began with abundant winter rains, followed by a warm, dry spring that led to a perfectly timed budbreak. In addition to replenishing the water table, the early season rains produced robust canopies, which provided invaluable shade during a week-long heat event that kicked harvest into gear during the last week of August. This was followed by a much-needed cooldown that allowed the vines to recuperate, while also giving us extra hangtime for flavor development and tannin resolution. We harvested throughout September and into early October, with the grapes showing lovely ripeness and quality, yielding plush, polished and wonderfully complex wines.
On the nose, alluring aromas of chocolate-covered blueberry, fig, goji berry and anise hint at this wine’s complexity, with nuances of sage and lavender adding intrigue. The palate is a study in tension and power, with luscious dark berry layers underscored by sophisticated flavors of marzipan, sage and dried fruits. Throughout, a rich underlying texture and notes of wet slate and boysenberry drive the wine to a long finish showcasing dusty tannins and lingering flavors.