A refined ruby hue in the glass, the core aromas of dark cherry, blackberry and sage are framed by iron-rich, savory and shimmering mineral tones. Finely etched and vibrant tannins are full and saturating and create a tension between power and weightlessness. Through the elegance and detail of the wine’s intricate structure, a strong mineral core permeates the wine, building to an expansive and sustained finish that reminisces the fractured stones of the terroir. The wine is approachable but powerful in its youth, and will reward cellaring over the next 20 years.
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.