Nose

The extended hang-time these grapes received is evident in the abundance of rich, dark aromas and flavors. The bouquet of ripe black cherry, cassis, dried blueberry, chocolate and smoke.

Palate

A youthful palate, dense with dark cherry and berry fruit, cocoa, and tobacco notes. Accented with hints of cedar, spice and toast contributed by the oak and supported by elegant tannins, this intense wine will show at its best with 30 to 45 minutes decanting.

Growing Conditions

The 2006 vintage started with rain and cool spring temperatures making for a late budbreak, but a warm summer and moderate fall allowed the grapes to catch up quickly.

Harvest

Harvest began in late October, but the wait was worth it for the rich flavors that resulted.

Bottling

Bottled in April 2008.

Winemaking

This wine was sorted with an intensive process of cluster selection then berry selection before going into tank. Extended maceration of 33 to 45 days on the skins created the rich mouthfeel.

Aging

The wines were transferred to 75% new and 25% one-year old French oak barrels where they aged for 15-17 months.

Food Pairing

Though powerful, this wine pairs well with food due to its fine tannins and classic balance. It will complement deeply flavored dishes like espresso-rubbed tenderloin or herbed lamb but also has the grace and delicacy to accompany simple, grilled pork or chicken. As it matures, try it with hard, aged cheeses to savor the intricate flavors revealed by bottle age.