Nose

A kaleidoscope of aromas presents itself—clove, smoked ham, and the pepper of Syrah, but the lavender and floral notes of Grenache and Mourvèdre soon warrant attention.

Palate

The bright lively structure with its blueberry and anise flavors is impeccable, and the wine finishes with a dash of black pepper and great length. Although certainly accessible, this wine will hold together for many years. As the vineyard continues to mature, we find that the resulting wines have become more vibrant and accessible in recent years.

Growing Conditions

We were rewarded with another outstanding vintage in 2014. Sunshine and a warm dry spring gave way to mild and ideal growing conditions throughout the summer. An uneventful growing season without extremes for me typically indicates a potentially excellent quality. Indeed, that was the case. Harvest began early, August 29, and finished early, October 2, avoiding the potentially cool and rainy autumn conditions Vineyard: Fore Family Vineyard

Bottling

Bottling Date: August 8, 2016

Winemaking

Fermentation: 8 days average, up to 82º Maceration: 10 days average, up to 80º

Aging

19 months in 100% French Oak, 25% new Burgundian coopers.

Appearance

Its dark ruby and youthful color is classic.