Nose

It offers distinctive and enticing aromas of plum and black cherry, made more intriguing by hints of tea and sage.

Palate

The wine’s structure and gentle entry blossom into expansive flavors that are harmonious, balanced, and complex, and invite you back for another taste. I predict excellent longevity for our 2009.

Growing Conditions

2009 will be discussed and evaluated in two ways—before and after the rains. It was a beautiful, mild, long growing season with great flavor development in the grapes. Everything before the rains arguably is equal to anything of this decade, and fortunately, we harvested our Merlot several days before the October 13 downpour. Vineyards: Stewart Vineyard Carneros

Bottling

Bottling Date: June 22, 2011.

Winemaking

Fermentation: 8 days, up to 80º Maceration: 16 days total before pressing

Aging

18 months in French oak, 50% new.

Appearance

The wine is medium dark ruby in color, still very fresh and vibrant.