After a warm winter, the 2016 growing season started with an early bud break in a similar pattern to the three preceding years. The amount of rainfall in the winter and spring however, was well above what came down in recent years. Between November 2015 and April 2016, we received an average annual rainfall amount of 30 inches. This lead to a vigorous spring and summer in the vineyards. After experiencing several heat waves early in the summer, the heat during the month of August and the first half of September was more moderate, allowing for even and extended berry maturity and ripening. Several heat spikes in the latter half of September propelled a very concentrated and intense harvest period with the majority of our grapes coming in within a three-week span.
A clear red garnet hue in the glass, this wine presents a complex nose of blackberry and plum over notes of black peppercorn, sage, mint and crushed rock. A concentration of sweet fruit underlain by spice and minerality extend onto the palate. The richness and intensity of the fruit will appeal to those who open this wine within a couple of years, and it will continue to gain complexity for those with patience over the next six years.