Nose

This 100% cabernet sauvignon leads with an expressive nose of cigar box, baked fig compote and black currant.

Palate

The palate has a stunning intensity, with layers of dark fruit, black cherry and savory dried herbs. Round, chewy tannins support the lingering mineraldriven finish.

Growing Conditions

The 2012 growing season has been described by many as “textbook perfect”. Temperate summer days moderated plant growth, contributing to smaller cluster and berry size during lag phase, leading to increased concentration of flavors. An idyllic Indian summer finished the maturation process, producing fruit with exceptional character and intensity.

Harvest

Hand-harvested, picked at night.

Bottling

Unfined and unfiltered; bottled June 2014.

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  Gentle pumpovers and delestage  Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels

Aging

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

Appearance

Deep violet in color,