Nose

This wine boasts fresh, vibrant aromas of wild raspberry, subtlety perfumed with dark purple florals, bergamot, and cigar box. Juicy flavors of red sweet cherry, and sun-ripened strawberry symphonize amid savory herbs and spice.

Palate

A brightness of acidity simply electrifies the palate, and lends to a mouthfeel bolstered by fine grain tannins that offer linearity, textural and structural broadness, and depth to the overall experience.

Growing Conditions

A true test of our vineyard team’s mettle, the challenges of the 2015 season commenced early with cold, damp, windy conditions during bloom causing poor set, and unevenly ripened clusters - what is known as ‘shot berries’. The remainder of the season steadied, and with much handwork and fruit thinning, delivered ripe and balanced fruit of high quality. Harvest was early across the board, a common occurrence when the vine carries a light crop.

Harvest

Hand-harvested at night, sheers only.

Bottling

Bottled unfined and unfiltered; January, 2017.

Winemaking

 Hand-sorted while still cold from the field; 4% whole cluster inclusion  Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts  5-day cold soak, 17 day maceration  Gentle punchdowns and pumpovers  Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel

Aging

Aged 15 months in French oak barrels; 50% new. Coopers: Francois Frères, Cadus, Damy

Appearance

Bright ruby red in the glass.

Food Pairing

This superbly balanced, and finely structured wine complements a wide range of cuisines, including umami-rich ingredients such as wild mushroom, grilled fish, and pungent cheeses. Serve at 50°-55° F.