This wine opens with alluring aromas
of strawberry, raspberry, and blackberry pie that are intermixed with notes of black
olives, smoked meats, and brining salt.
The entry is smooth and supple, followed by
hints of sweet basil, dried sage, layered fruits and cream vanilla that linger into the long
finish, supported by complex acidity and oak-integrated tannins.
The mild 2011 vintage allowed for a long hang
time, resulting in evenly ripe, complex flavors in the berries.
The fruit for this wine
was harvested at an optimal level of ripeness in late September through October. The
fruit was hand-harvested at night, carefully sorted and destemmed to tank, where
fermentation took place.
Racked to 60% new French oak barrels,
where it was aged for 18 months prior to bottling.
Deep garnet-black in color.
With its compelling depth and complexity, this wine would prove an
excellent match to a rich meal such as stuffed quail or roasted duck with dried currants.
For a delectable cheese course, try pairing this wine with Nicasio Valley San Geronimo
cheese. Semi-soft with a washed rind, this cheese stands up well to other bold flavors