ripe blackberry on the nose.
The palate is powerful yet soft, with balanced
tannins and flavors of sweet red berries, smoky tobacco, anise and earthy
forest floor. The finish is elegantly complex and refined, and will flourish
with 10 to 12 years of careful cellaring.
A warm, dry spring brought early bud break, helped with canopy vigor and
berry size and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. With the
exception of one heat spike in late June/early July, temperatures were
consistently in the zone for optimal vine activity, resulting in notably healthy
vines as fruit went through veraison and started ripening. Two brief midSeptember
rains had virtually no impact on the grapes. The vast majority of
the more delicate skinned grapes had already been harvested and sunny
weather with breezes followed the rains, allowing for the mostly Cabernet
Sauvignon that remained to dry out almost immediately. The cooler, sunny
weather throughout October allowed the final grapes still on the vine to linger
longer, developing more phenolic and flavor maturities with sugar levels
Vineyard: Three Tears VIneyard.
24 Months in 100% New French Oak.
An inky ruby in color.