Nose

Highlighting the terroir of the Russian River Valley has aromas of cherry, raspberry, cola, forest floor and vanilla.

Palate

Rich and round in the mouth, the fine tannins and fresh acidity give a long, generous finish.

Growing Conditions

2013 was a phenomenal growing season in just about every way. A warm, dry spring led to early bud break, limited canopy vigor and berry size, and created ideal conditions through bloom and fruit set. An abundance of long sunny days, with only one heat spike in early July, resulted in even ripening and an early harvest with exceptional flavor development. The 2013 vintage offers very high quality wines that are striking in their balance and expression. Properties: Katherine Lindsay Estate, Ulises Valdez, Fraenkle, Bellflower, Walker Station Clonal Selection: Beba, Calera, Swan, d115, 667, 777, d114

Harvest

Hand-harvested, picked at night.

Bottling

Unfined and unfiltered; bottled August 2014.

Winemaking

 Hand-sorted while still cold from the field; 4% whole cluster  5-day cold soak, 15 day maceration  Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts  Gentle punchdowns and pumpovers  Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels

Aging

Aged 15 months in French Oak barrels; 44% new. Coopers: Cadus, Damy, Louis Latour, Francois Frères, Marques, Remond

Appearance

Deep ruby colored wine