Nose

This powerful wine offers youthful aromas of lush black plum, cherry and berry fruit enriched with hints of toasted pecans and sweet vanilla.

Palate

The entry on the palate is intense, with a solid core of dark fruit, mouthwatering acidity and a velvety texture that balances the muscular tannins. The finish slowly draws to a close with notes of milk chocolate, coffee and caramel lingering to the last. Decant for up to an hour before serving to allow its complex flavors full expression.

Growing Conditions

The 2007 vintage had a lot of ups and downs, with an early, cool start and several heat waves throughout the growing season.

Harvest

The result was smaller bunches of small, intensely flavored berries harvested between early to mid-October.

Bottling

Bottled in April 2009.

Winemaking

This wine was sorted with an intensive process of cluster selection then berry selection before going into tank. Extended maceration of 20 to 25 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 14 months.

Food Pairing

Though framed with brawny tannins, the exuberant fruit makes this wine accessible in its youth. Try it now with dryrubbed meats, lush sauces and grilled dishes which will complement the fruit while taming the tannins. As age softens the structure, pair it with simple, subtle dishes like prime rib, mushroom-stuffed chicken breasts and Italian cheeses.