The nose has plenty of blackberry and dried plum fruitiness alongside
The complexity of the varietal character ranges from green peppercorn to fir balsam to sweet fennel seed. Beautiful oak notes of cedar, vanilla bean and unsweetened chocolate weave in and out. The balanced acidity and pleasing, soft tannins lend persistence and mouthwatering qualities.
An early bud break, one of the longest flowering periods in years, and a long
growing season produced a vintage that shines in quality. Spring started fast
and the early bloom was followed by cooler temperatures, wind and rains which
slowed development and reduced yields. The result was a small crop of well concentrated fruit that ripened fully and slowly before an early harvest in
50% new and 50% neutral French oak
Grass-fed beef, lamb shanks, or game.