Intense aromas of juicy black fruit, fresh wild flowers, and
hints of spicy cola, tangerine peel and dark chocolate.
On the palate, concentrated notes of ripe black
cherry and fig are met with a reassuring grip of slate. Opulent and sophisticated, fresh and vivacious, the
mouth-feel showcases bright acidity and generous, velvety tannins. The wine’s long-lasting finish and big
personality promise excellent aging potential.
There was early excitement for the 2012 vintage. The year began with normal rainfall and continued with
moderate spring temperatures and a warm, dry summer - ideal conditions for cluster formation and exceptional
fruit. The vines set a generous load of clusters and typical of the Sonoma Coast, veraison began in
mid-August followed by harvest which began in late-September.
Bottled Aug 13, 2013.
The grapes were hand-picked and hand-sorted, and a portion reserved for whole-cluster fermentation
before de-stemming. Five to seven days of cold maceration were followed by more than two weeks of 100%
native yeast fermentation. The fruit was then gently pressed, reserving only free-run juice for this wine.
Aged in French oak barrels (57% new) for 11 months.
Dark ruby red wine.