Wonderful notes of smoke, licorice, leather and incense.
A savory and rustic wine with a classic Bordeaux-like personality that presents considerable aging potential but is also easy to enjoy now because of its delicate richness.
The 2014 growing season was marked by scant rain. But a warm, dry spring gave way to ideal summer conditions, followed by a wonderfully mild harvest period which allowed us to patiently handpick each block at full ripeness in sequential rolling harvests starting at the top and working down, producing multiple small lots that were then separately vinified and aged.
Winemaking followed classic Bordeaux methods with whole-berry fermentation. In the cool of the early morning harvest, grapes were promptly de-stemmed and the uncrushed berries were gently transferred into fermentation tanks. In order to carefully manage the tannins and resulting wine texture, the grapes were neither crushed nor run through a pump.
Following fermentation, the wine was aged in French oak barrels (40% new) for 20 months before bottling.