Early winter rains with warmer than average temperatures woke the vines up for a third straight early bud break. In spite of the early rainfall, most of the spring and summer featured hot and dry weather patterns. The exception was a cold and windy month of May, which negatively affected the flowering and subsequent fruit set. May’s weather, combined with the vines enduring their fourth consecutive drought year, lowered yields about 40 percent overall for the vintage. Harvest began on September 3rd with certain blocks picked on record early dates. The 2015 vintage was reminiscent of the 2014, which resulted with a vintage defined by ample structure and lasting charm, but with much lower yields.
With a dark red garnet robe in the glass, this wine expresses aromatics of black cherry, plum, rose petal and violets followed by hints of clove and baking spices. Refined, plush tannins provide a broad structure over sweet dark fruits, integrated oak and spice with a dense and long finish. This wine is accessible in its youth, but will continue to gain complexity and further refinement over the next eight years.