Nose

Asian Five Spice leave an exotic impression, followed by dark raspberry and plum and tasty down under style black licorice

Growing Conditions

The real story behind the 2015 growing season was that it was one of the earliest harvests on record, featuring variability in crop size, with some grapes affected more than others. As the drought continued, an early bud-break in spring led to a protracted bloom and fruit set, followed by cool weather that extended deep into May. Heat was minimal through the summer, but fruit marched quickly to ripening, even as an early September sprinkle slowed the pace for just a moment. In the end, we saw a slightly less abundant harvest than the immediately previous years.

Aging

11 months sur lie in French oak, 38% new

Food Pairing

Duck breast or Sonoma’s famed CK Lamb. Mushroom Risotto, Soft Brie, Camembert, Gruyere and goat cheeses.