A word or two usually pop into mind as I write notes about a particular wine. Pure and elegant define my
2004. The usual sweet toasty oak, cinnamon and bay notes are surrounded by classic cassis. The flavors,
somewhat minerally in a way, expand on the palate but are held in check by the structure, suggesting what I think
will be a long-lived wine.

Growing Conditions

In 2004, early budbreak, warm consistent summer weather, and a few late summer hot spells resulted in
a harvest several weeks earlier than the previous year. It wasn’t so much that the growing season was shorter,
but rather that it got off to an earlier start.

Vineyards: Rancho Chimiles, Truchard Vineyard.


Bottling Date: June 29, 2006.


Fermentation: 18 days, up to 85º
Maceration: 21 days average


20 months in 100% French Oak, 60% new.