Elegant and restrained with gentle notes of blackcurrant, plum, stewed fruits, fig, menthol, spearmint, violet and lily.


This wine is full bodied, earthy, vibrant and round with notes of dark and dried fruits like fig, raisin and date, along with rhubarb, then espresso, mocha, and vanilla. Juicy
acidity kicks in and then tannins ramp up on the long, gripping finish.

Growing Conditions

2008 was an early vintage of low yield and high quality. An early budbreak foretold of an early harvest and the cool growing season was moderated by the dry nature and light crop. California in style, the vintage was short and sweet, with most vintners pleased with the results if not the quantity produced. For us at Sleeping Giant, there was no alternative. It was: “Get it right or go home”.


December 14th, 2010


75% new and 25% once used, tight grained Gamba and Taransaud French oak barrels. The wine was aged for 26 months.


Daybright, well-saturated ruby consistent to the meniscus.