In the midst of the ongoing California drought, the winter rains came later than expected with much less precipitation than normal. Luckily, the spring rains were robust and soaked deeply into the vineyards’ soils, which allowed for further dry farming and led to lush canopies. The constant warm spring temperatures led to a very early bud break and bloom that was followed by a fast and uniform flowering, ensuring a good fruit set consisting of smaller cluster sizes. Sonoma’s warm summer guaranteed even ripening of grapes. Most varietals were picked a few days ahead of the 2013 vintage resulting in very concentrated, robust flavors.
Displaying a scarlet color in the glass, this wine immediately offers tantalizing aromas of fresh plum and dark cherry, interwoven with hints of graphite, vanilla, nutmeg and tobacco. On the palate, the elegance of the texture, coupled with the sweet red fruit flavors, lead to an expression of vibrancy and finesse. Kirsch, clove and loamy earth flavors emerge with a subtle saline tinge, outlined by a smooth structure that is ambitious and persistent in its expansive finish. The concentration of this wine provides immense drinking pleasure now, but also indicates promise for a long, graceful aging in the years to come.