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 annual rainfall amount of thirty inches. This led 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. Heat in the latter half of September propelled a concentrated and intense harvest period with the majority of our grapes coming in within a three-week span. The 2016 wines are very reflective of the conditions in which they were grown - balanced, poised and ripe.
A pure ruby hue in the glass, intense blackberry and dark fruit emerges on the nose against a savory backdrop of iron, earth and sage. Slow to build on the palate, the wine's structure is vertical, powerful and long. With a strong stony signature, the tannins build to a persistent and lasting finish. The complexity of the wine is just beginning to show and will continue to develop over the next fifteen years.