Palate

ripe currant, blackberries, and vanilla opens, and intensifies with time adding hints of anise and pepper. Its full body relaxes to release blackberry, currant, pepper, anise, and clove.

Growing Conditions

2008 started with intense rains that faded to a cold dry spring. Circulating air until summer brought wonderful concentrated tastes in berries beneath a limited canopy. A heat spell in early September gave way to cooler temperatures. Our delayed harvest allowed the skins of our fruit to thicken and intensify to make this a strong vintage for us.

Aging

38 months in 50% new French oak barrels