Rich aromas of dark fruit, cassis, and vanilla bean.
Elevated flavors of raspberry and fresh cherry brighten the mid-palate while
baking spices and pepper create a dynamic flavor profile unique to this blend. On
the finish, warm vanilla and firm tannins balance this full-bodied wine.
The 2021 growing season was very typical through early spring. Early summer
through harvest gave us some unexpected heatwaves but plenty of mild weather in
between resulting in a slight delay of harvest but mature fruit and flavors.
After harvest, vineyard lots were fermented individually in stainless-steel tanks for 14
to 20 days. Carefully managed pump overs and extended macerations enhanced
the extraction of color and tannin.
The varietals were aged separately for 11 months
in French oak barrels, of which 25% were a mix of once and twice used. The initial
blend was assembled in September of 2022 and barrel-aged an additional 6 months
in 44% new and 56% once used French oak. The wine was racked only twice during
its cellar life, with the final racking occurring just prior to bottling.