Nose

Black tea leaves, clove, licorice, cocoa and baked apple.

Palate

Fresh lychee and subtle jasmine, vanilla oak. Consistent length with a great depth of flavour. Finish: tense complexity with a sweet closure.

Growing Conditions

Soberanes Vineyard, once a Mexican Land grant to the Soberanes family during the mid-1700s, is a piece of California history. Located in the Santa Lucia Highlands, known for growing conditions unlike any other region in California, the site’s swift afternoon ocean breezes develop fruit with cool, fresh acidity. 2015 was a unique vintage. The vines budded out early, set a moderate crop and began veraison earlier than usual in late June through early July. Due to prolonged sunny days pushing flavor maturity, fruit was ready for picking a short 30 days after coloring. Harvest began in the middle of August, with sugar and acid in perfect balance. The resulting wines are distinct in their character and complexity.

Harvest

August 12 – 15, 2015

Aging

17 months élevage. 100% French Oak Barrique barrels, 30% new. Age-ability: given proper cellaring this wine will provide drinking pleasure through 2024.

Appearance

Ruby red.

Food Pairing

Pasta tossed with Meyer lemon, parsley and ricotta.