Nose

The wine boasts aromas of crème de cassis, cocoa powder, damp earth and anise.

Palate

The weighty palate unveils concentrated layers of red currant, freshly picked blackberries, graphite, and spice box. The finish delivers, ripe, ultra-fine tannins wrapped around the core of dense fruit.

Growing Conditions

2014 was the third straight outstanding growing season in a row, following the excellent 2012 and 2013 vintages. Dry winter and spring conditions limited canopy vigor, and a warm growing season with a lack of extreme heat spikes resulted in prolonged, even ripening through harvest. The resulting wines possess great site specificity, depth and quality.

Harvest

Hand-harvested, picked at night.

Bottling

Unfined and unfiltered; bottled June 2016.

Winemaking

 Hand-sorted while still cold from the field  Fermented in small, closed top, stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts  6-day cold soak, 30 days total maceration  Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels  Gentle pumpovers and delestage

Aging

Aged 20 months in French oak barrels; 100% new. Coopers: Taransaud, Darnajou, Radoux, Baron, Sylvain

Appearance

A deep black garnet hue.