Plum, cocoa and essence of roasted coffee beans mingle with blackberry, bing cherry, pomegranate, fresh raspberry compote and hints of lavender. Soft and plush yet solid in structure.
Vineyards: Pahlmeyer Estate Vineyard, Rancho Chimiles. To inquire about purchasing, please email or call 707-255-2321.
It was bottled unfined and unfiltered on April 19, 2010.
The grape clusters were hand-sorted, and once de-stemmed, the berries were sorted again by hand on the way to tank. After four to five days of pre-fermentation cold maceration in small open-top fermentors, the fruit began 100% native wild yeast fermentation. Two to three weeks later, the fruit was gently pressed and moved to barrel where it finished primary and secondary fermentations.
The wine continued to age in 80% new French oak – a combination of Taransaud and St. Martin barrels – for eighteen months. and unfiltered.