Kaleidoscopic aromatics display classic earth, spice, floral and rich fruit notes.
A broad palate shows more length and finesse than 2013 or 2012. The finish displays the kind of intensity we know as the hallmark of a long life ahead.
Every passing year, we increasingly appreciate the blessing of being able to work with such historic fruit as that at Alfred Frediani’s vineyard. This vineyard is adjacent to Eisele, Kenefick, Kelly Flemming and Hundred Acre. It shares many of the characteristics of those vineyards as it sits in the same alluvial fan, which spills vertiginously out of the canyon on either side of Symmons Creek. ‘Rocky’ does not begin to describe the soil, as it is nearly simply rock. 2014 was good to these dry-farmed, 1939 plantings, which remain healthy with very little virus. Yields were great, giving us more of this wine than we have ever been able to offer before – a whopping 13 barrels. In general, this vineyard produces finesse-driven Petite Sirah, but the yields loosened up the structure slightly more than normal.
21 months in French oak, 50% new.