Nose

Aromatics of cherry, plum, black raspberry and rose.

Palate

Succulent flavors of lush, forward, black cherry fruit supported by good structure and a beautiful, long, silky finish.

Growing Conditions

A cold spring which resulted in late bud break, followed by a relatively warm summer, produced concentrated, big style wines. Additionally, much work in the vineyard to limit a large crop set helped to further optimize flavor intensity and richness in the grapes.

Harvest

Hand-harvested grapes.

Bottling

Unblended, unfined, unfiltered; bottled January 2004.

Winemaking

♦ Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts; 2 months to completion ♦ Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels, 6 months to completion

Aging

Aged 16 months in French oak barrels from Remond, Francois Freres, and Cadus; 88 % new.

Appearance

The wine is a deep purple color with a red/blue hue.