Nose

Rustic red fruits fill the nose along with Bing cherry, rhubarb, plum, Iris, cinnamon, and root beer.

Palate

Medium light bodied with fleshy tannins lend way to some, earthier Barbera flavors of cassis, blackberry and porcini mushroom. This Old-World style wine has a nice balance of fresh acidity which makes for a mouthwatering 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 fruit was hand-sorted first in the field then again at the winery. Open-top bin fermentation and punched down by hand two to three times per day. Pressed to Burgundian oak – 18% new. Aged 14 months. Just 47 cases produced.