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.
A pure garnet color in the glass, the wine displays aromas of blueberries, dried dark fruit, licorice, exotic spice and crushed rock over a subtle balsamic note. The addition of a herbaceous sense of fennel pollen and bay laurel on the nose reflects the chaparral on the hillsides that surround the vineyard. Expansive and juicy from the front to the mid-palate, this wine is exuberant in its concentration and length. While it’s a powerful wine in its youth, it is accessible now and will only continue to develop in complexity and depth over the next five years.