A pure ruby robe in color, notes of fresh blackberry and cassis overlay savory tones of lavender, sage, graphite, tea leaf, soy and crushed rocks. A supple and silky attack on the palette is followed by dense, mouth-coating tannins that build a full, vertical and monolithic structure. This wine is persistent and powerful through its energy and sheer magnitude all the way to a chalky, mineral inflected finish. An impressive wine that will only benefit from time, be sure to watch this wine develop over the next twenty years and decant well in the near term.
2017 began with a very wet winter and spring. From November 2016 through May 2017, we received sixty inches of rainfall, approximately twice the precipitation of a normal year. Bud break started at the end of March, and the spring’s rains allowed for healthy canopy growth. The vines thrived in early June with the switch to warmer, drier conditions. This set the stage for uniform flowering, ensuring a good fruit set. The weather progressed to a pattern of frequent heat spikes through July, August and into Labor Day. It was the hottest summer we have recorded. Still, we were able to farm twenty percent of our vineyards without irrigation. Harvest began in late August, with the core occurring in late September and early October. 2017 will be defined by lush, bright fruit with ripe tannins and ample acidity. We were fortunate to harvest prior to the wildfires that began October 8th.