Nose

It is perfumed with violets, bright Bing cherry and clean earth.  

Palate

The palate is firmly structured, opening with perfectly ripened raspberry and red fruits that yield to undertones of forest floor and orange pekoe.  Firm, youthful tannins are joined by notes of clove and white pepper to create a lasting finish. 

Growing Conditions

2009 began with an abundance of spring rain followed by mild, steady summer temperatures that set the stage for nearly ideal pinot noir and chardonnay growing conditions.  The well‐set fruit ripened slowly allowing for an excellent balance of sugars and acids to develop.     The resulting wines can be characterized as elegant and rich with profound depth and structure.

Harvest

Hand‐harvested grapes.

Bottling

Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2011.

Winemaking

 Fermented in small, open‐top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts  5‐day cold soak, 16 days total maceration    Hand‐punched cap  Native malolactic fermentation in barrels

Aging

Aged 15 months in François Frères and Remond French oak barrels; 67% new.

Appearance

Deep ruby in color,