Nose

Layers of dark fruit, mocha, spices and new leather.

Palate

Nuances of crushed rocks, graphite and tar are complemented by vanilla, cedar and cigar box.

Growing Conditions

2009 began with an abundance of spring rain followed by mild, steady summer temperatures that set the stage for nearly ideal growing conditions.  The well‐set fruit ripened slowly allowing for an excellent balance of sugars and acids to develop.    The resulting wines can be characterized as elegant and rich with profound depth and structure.

Harvest

Hand‐harvested grapes.

Bottling

Unfined and unfiltered; bottled June 2011.

Winemaking

 Fermented in small, closed‐top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts  6‐day cold soak, 26 days total maceration    Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels 

Aging

Aged 20 months in French oak barrels; 100% new.

Appearance

This dark crimson colored cabernet sauvignon is a rich, juicy wine which shows stunning intensity.