The effusive nose shows aromas of powdery white flower, black cherry, cassis, flower stems, bittersweet chocolate, and crushed stones.
On the palate, the silky entry opens to a plush, round, polished mid-palate and an effortlessly long finish. The back palate is fine-grained with exquisitely balanced alcohol-to-fruit weight and closes with subtle, cleansing acidity.
Cooler, even season without much in the way of heat spikes or cold snaps. Canopies were healthy, full, and crop set was balanced. An easy growing vintage that made really beautiful wines of terrific balance, intensity, and texture. Readily accessible upon release but will also age well.
- Stage Coach Vineyard
- Red Hen Vineyard
- Wappo Vineyard
By hand, 3am October, 2018
Bottled unfined and unfiltered
Whole berries cold-soaked and then fermented in stainless steel vats for 14 – 31 days
Aged 21 months in French Oak, 70% new oak
The inky hues are immediately telling of the powerful Cabernet in the glass. Softened by a small addition of Merlot and Petit Verdot, this wine is immediately gratifying and enjoyable.