Nose

This is a generous and rich wine marked by dark red fruits, purple flowers and confectionary treats.

Palate

The pure and primary palate of succulent black cherries, ripe raspberries and plush blackcurrants is teased by a heady aroma of violets mingled with menthol and a hint of cracked green peppercorns. Round and full, the finish is wonderfully fine-grained with delightfully soft edges that give a tremendous amount of pleasure.

Growing Conditions

2014 was another fantastic growing season. After one of the warmest and driest winters on record, as expected, budbreak was early, even earlier than 2013. Though offset by judiciously timed February rains, the continued drought conditions limited vigor in the vines, promoting balanced and compact growth along with generally smaller sized berries. Even with a “normally” timed harvest window, because of the early budbreak, we benefitted from an extended hangtime, which allowed for an even and complete maturity of the decently sizable crop.

Aging

20 Months 100% French, 91% new, 9% used