Nose

Strawberry, white truffle, spice, earth.

Palate

vanilla, spice

Harvest

vest Notes: The stunning view from the top of Manchester Ridge needs to be seen to be believed. Located at an elevation of 2000 ft., the vineyard overlooks the Pacific Ocean and on a clear day, the lighthouse of Point Arena is clearly visible. This location creates a unique environment for the vines to grow and the grapes to develop. Fog, wind and heat waves are all pervasive throughout the growing season which leads to dynamic and distinctive fruit. Another year of drought, including the driest fall in recorded history, led to very early bud break. Perfect weather in April and May helped the vines to grow steadily throughout early spring while also facilitating good pollination leading to above average crop levels. The early bud break and uneven ripening temperatures throughout spring and summer moved everything ahead of schedule with pick dates as early as two weeks ahead of average. A slight heat wave in July pushed the ripening forward but cool temperatures in August helped to balance the ripening and preserve acidity and color in the grapes.

Winemaking

Fermentation: RC212 yeast @ 78-82F in Stainless Steel Open Top Fermenter Malo-lactic: Vinaflora strain ML bacteria BBL age: 19 months 227 liter barrels New oak: 20% Primary Coopers: Francois Frere Barrel Type: 100% French oak, M+ Toast

Aging

BBL age: 19 months 227 liter barrels New oak: 20% Primary Coopers: Francois Frere Barrel Type: 100% French oak, M+ Toast