Inviting aromas of black
cherry, plum, and anise lead to pure, ripe flavors that
continue to evolve in the glass.
The silky midpalate shows
excellent balance among the tannins, acidity, and fruit.
The El Niño influenced spring delayed the start of
the growing season and contributed to a small
crop yield. An extended Indian Summer allowed the
fruit to reach maturity with rich, complex flavors.
Unblended, unfined, unfiltered; bottled December 1999.
¨ Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel fermentors.
¨ Fermentation with indigenous yeast, 18 to 27 days to
¨ Malolactic fermentation in barrels
Barrel aged 14 months, 75% new Francois Freres oak barrels.