Nose

This wine bursts with aromas of dark fruit and rose petals.

Palate

Delicate blackberry and bing cherry flavors leap from the elegant and velvety palate followed by pronounced earthy notes. Intriguing hints of dried herbs and slate highlight the wine’s long, vivid finish.

Growing Conditions

The 2015 vintage reflects our steadfast dedication to create a stunning wine amidst a challenging growing season. An unusually warm spring led to early budbreak and accelerated vine growth, but upon bloom, weather turned cool slowing development. Summer’s considerable heat propelled the grapes into early flavor concentration, while spells of low temperatures delayed ripening. We took extra care in hand-sorting the fruit and used 100% free-run juice, resulting in a wine that gleams with intensity, complexity and bright acidity.

Bottling

Bottled Aug. 29, 2016.

Winemaking

Grape clusters were hand-picked in the cool of the night, then hand-sorted at the winery. We reserved 1% for whole-cluster fermentation, then gently destemmed the rest using only whole, intact berries for fermentation. After cold-soaking for five to seven days, the grapes entered fermentation for 14 to 19 days, then underwent gentle basket pressing. We used 100% free-run juice to ensure optimum quality.

Aging

Aged for nine months in 26% new French oak.

Appearance

Deep ruby in color.