Nose

Aroma opens with dark plum and briar, with lingering floral and spice notes.

Palate

A dense entry of dark cherry, bittersweet chocolate, spice and chanterelle.

Growing Conditions

Located west of downtown Boonville, 50 acres planted vineyards that sits on clay loam soil by the creek bed. An off season with more rainfall than recent years led us into a warm spring. A cool summer was followed by a mild finish to the growing season causing the final ripening to happen at a steady rate and the quality of the grapes to be very high. Clones: 76% Pommard, 24% Stang Selection

Harvest

After night harvesting , the fruit from the Donnelly Creek Vineyard travels to Saintsbury.

Winemaking

From there, each block remains separate and receives gentle handling starting on the sorting table and to the open top fermenters for 5 day cold soak.

Aging

11 months in 20% new French oak.