Aromas of freshly picked blueberries, ripe black cherries, subtle notes of roasted coffee, cocoa and dried spices.
On the palate, the luscious supple tannins are powerful yet modern in style with layered flavors of juicy blackberry and red fruit, nuances of black pepper, clove and vanilla bean round out the long smooth finish. It's full-bodied and rich, balanced by fresh acidity and polished tannins.
The 2017 vintage began with reasonable weather throughout bloom and set. During the sizing phase, we experienced very warm weather that affected berry growth on many varietals.
In mid-September, while harvest slowed due to moderate temperatures, the prolonged ripening period maintained vine balance and higher fruit quality. Overall, the 2017 vintage delivered yields slightly below normal while upholding our desired fruit characteristics & quality.