Nose

A complex wine with many layers. The 2018 Basic Black has a dark fruit profile with aromas of blackberry, sarsaparilla, cocoa, wild iris, and earthy undertones.

Palate

Flavors of dark chocolate and dark fruits are integrated with big mid palate tannins which lead to a long age worthy finish.

Growing Conditions

Seamless season of heavenly hangtime and phenomenal phenolic development. February saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels. Volume is looking great, up 20-30% increase over average crop quantity

Winemaking

The individual lots of multiple varietals coming from multiple vineyards were added together in one tank for a co-fermentation. The must was cold soaked at 50 ° F for 4 days until the last lot was ready for harvest and added in. At this time, the must was inoculated with a commercial yeast strain. Fermentation was complete after 14 days in an open top tank with two to three punch downs per day for color and tannin extraction. Maximum fermentation temperature was 86 ° F. The wine was lightly pressed to 30% new Burgundy oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation was completed in barrels. The wine was aged in barrels for 17 months.

Aging

The wine was aged in barrels for 17 months.