Delicate, ever evolving aromas of black pepper, flowers and toasted nuts segue into juicy flavors of dried plums, Danube cherries, pomegranate all concluding in a balanced, long lasting, lingering finish that hints at cigar smoke.
Black pepper and floral aromas with dark fruit flavors and smoky cigar finish
Vintage 2014 is best remembered as the year of the big, Napa centered earthquake. This occurred in August, at a time most wineries are preparing to receive fruit if they haven’t already done so. Though wineries were impacted, the vineyards themselves suffered no damage. The months leading to harvest showed a drought tendency, with the 2013/14 season being one of the driest on record. Though rainfall was about half of normal, we received quite a bit of rain in February and March, enough to hold us over for the rest of the season. The warm spring and dry summer resulted in smaller grapes, which typically means a higher degree in flavor concentration. Nature gave us an unexpected bounty in 2014, however another excellent vintage.
Four day cold maceration, fermented in open top tanks, some with a percentage of whole clusters, using pigeage as the primary extraction tool. 18 days total skin contact time followed by malolactic fermentation in barrel. Aged in 100% French oak barrels (70% new) for 12 months.
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