A bowl of fruit greets you on the nose; ripe blackberry with a beautiful hint of minerality
and warm baking spices. The lush fruit is round and full in the mouth. Sweet tannins
provide a gentle framework that leads into powdery, velvety tannins on the finish.
These grapes were double sorted, first in the vineyard with the selective harvest on our
Pellenc harvesters, then again at the winery on our sorting table. The fruit was not
crushed in order to preserve as much whole-berry as possible. Individual lots were
fermented in stainless steel tanks. Twice daily pumpovers allowed gentle extraction of
color and tannins. After draining the wine and pressing the skins, the wine was racked to
a blend of French and American oak barrels for malolactic fermentation. The wine was
aged in barrel for 17 months before being blended together for bottling.