Nose

The aromas are open, deep, rich, and enticing of black cherry and red plums, with notes of bacon, cinnamon, cedar, and smoked wild meats.

Palate

In the mouth the flavors are bursting with ripe fruit, crushed blackberry, deep meaty tones, and a touch of sweet toasty French oak. Flavors persist several minutes. This is a big, intense, mouth coating wine. I love the layered flavors, mid palate texture and silky yet big balance of this blend.

Growing Conditions

The 2012 presented us with a fantastic vintage and the right grapes to again make this wonderful Art Bus blend. This is the third release of this unique wine (08, 09, and 12). While tasty now, this is a wine that is also cellar-worthy, easily 10-15 years from this noteworthy vintage

Aging

100% French oak barrels: 45% new, 22 months in barrel, variety of coopers