Nose

Full fruit, floral and graphite aromatics.

Palate

Classic "Iron fist wrapped in the velvet glove". Powerful and dense currants and blackberry notes with hints of raspberry accents. Spice notes add an underlying complexity. Rich and very full bodied. Powerful and exotic with big structure and yet very polished on very long dry berry-like finish.

Growing Conditions

This is the second wine made from these young Petite Sirah vines. The dynamic results defy the notion that young vines won't make complete and complex wines. While many 2011 wines struggled to get fully ripe, these grapes had no problem.

Winemaking

The fruit was punched cap fermented.

Aging

Barrel aged for 32 months in selected French and American Oak barrels then blended prior to bottling.