The 2018 winter was warmer and drier than average with only eight inches of rain. Fortunately, that pattern was reversed in March and April with an additional eight inches, normalizing vine vigor. Though spring and summer were the coolest we have seen in six years, the seasons aligned with average temperatures from the past twenty years. Continuing our transition to dry farming, we farmed 75% of our vineyards without a single irrigation. The gentle accumulation of heat through the summer led to an extended season, allowing the grapes to fully ripen with lots of phenolic complexity and maturation. Harvest began on August 30th and was completed on October 17th. Aside from rain showers at the beginning of October, the benevolent fall weather pattern allowed us to pick at optimal ripeness, yielding wines of elegant and precocious potential.
A deep ruby robe in the glass, this wine's aromas display red and black fruits and floral notes of lavender and rose petal over a background of graphite, black peppercorn and forest floor. The structure is finely layered with good amplitude and vitality towards the middle of the palate and a complex finish where pure dark fruit and savory spice notes emerge. The wine is alluring and accessible upon release, but will additionally gain complexity over the next seven years.