Nose

The nose offers bright sweet notes of cassis, plum, nutmeg, bay, and lavender.

Palate

Appropriate levels of acidity, tannin, and oak support a vibrant, palatable, and elegant mouth. Black cherry flavors lead to a seamless and lingering finish. Because of the balance and structure, this wine has many years of life ahead of it.

Growing Conditions

After three challenging vintages in a row, we were able to relax a little in 2012. Wonderful growing conditions and a rather long ripening period translated into high quality fruit. Vineyards: Truchard Vineyard; Rancho Chimiles; Stewart Vineyard.

Bottling

Bottling Date: May 7, 2014.

Winemaking

Fermentation: 10 days average, up to 82º Maceration: 15 days average.

Aging

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

Appearance

Medium ruby in color.