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.
Deep garnet hue in the glass, this single vineyard wine displays aromas of very ripe strawberry and dark cherry in the fore with secondary notes of violets, fennel, forest floor and spice. The expansiveness of the red and black fruit on the nose is also captured on the palate, with round, resolved tannin and outstanding persistence. Sweet, opulent and textured, this wine showcases the depth and power of this unique and historic vineyard. The wine is approachable in its youth, and can continue to be enjoyed over the next seven years.