Nose

Ruby-red hued and aromatic with notes of boysenberry pie, milk cocoa and mineral, this terroir driven wine showcases the iron-rich “Sebastopol Series” Goldridge soils of our Katherine Lindsay Estate Vineyard.

Palate

Striking in its complexity and concentration, flavors of cranberry, cola, and clove unfold gracefully over the palate. Fine tannins and youthful acidity frame berry notes that persist through the long 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 at night.

Bottling

Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2014.

Winemaking

 Hand sorted, cold; 4% whole cluster inclusion  5 day cold soak, 17 days total maceration  Fermented with indigenous yeasts in small, open-top, stainless steel tanks  Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel

Aging

Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 64% new. Coopers: Cadus, Damy, Louis Latour, Francois Frères, Marques.