Nose

Still very youthful the wine delivers classic aromas of cassis, blackberry, bay, and hint of green olive. Secondary aromas include floral notes—rose petal and lavender—and dried herb—sage and thyme. Sweet toasty oak completes the package.

Palate

The flavors reflect the nose, and are deep, rich and expansive. Nevertheless, the structure is firm and angular enough to sustain the wine for a decade or more.

Growing Conditions

In 2007, a warm spring followed a dry winter, so budbreak came earlier, hinting at an early harvest. However, the relatively cool summer slowed things down and simultaneously allowed wonderful flavor development in the grapes. Crop levels were down, and berries small, also intensifying flavor. A heat spike in late August ramped up the harvest, but then another cool-down occurred, slowing harvest down again. 2007 remains one of the most highly touted vintages of the decade, offering wines that are rich, ripe, and voluptuous—in short, crowd-pleasing wines. Vineyards: Truchard Vineyard; Rancho Chimiles; Stewart Vineyard.

Bottling

Bottling Date: May 6, 2009.

Winemaking

Fermentation: 10 days average, up to 82º Maceration: 20 days average

Aging

18 months in 100% French Oak, 70% new.

Appearance

Our 2007 Red is dark ruby in color, nearly opaque.