Nose

This wine invites with seductive aromatics of lavender, dried herbs, black cherry and cassis.

Palate

The palate is vibrant with finely sculpted layers of dark chocolate and blackberry tart interwoven with moist earth and crushed granite. Bold, chewy tannins and balanced acidity complete this wine that offers focus, complexity and powerful structure.

Growing Conditions

2014 was the third straight outstanding growing season in a row, following the excellent 2012 and 2013 vintages. Dry winter and spring conditions limited canopy vigor, and a warm growing season with a lack of extreme heat spikes resulted in prolonged, even ripening through harvest. The resulting wines possess great site specificity, depth and quality.

Harvest

Hand-harvested, picked at night.

Bottling

Unfined and unfiltered; bottled June 2016.

Winemaking

 Hand-sorted while still cold from the field  Fermented in small, closed top, stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts  6-day cold soak, 29 days total maceration  Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels  Gentle pumpovers and delestage

Aging

Aged 20 months in French oak barrels; 100% new. Coopers: Taransaud, Baron, Darnajou, Radoux

Appearance

An inky black color with a vivid purple rim.