Tasting Note Aromas of crushed ripe black currants, stewed sweet plums, and grenadine harmonize with dried thyme, fresh spearmint, and rose petals. On the palate, complex and vibrant layers of black fruit are accompanied by warm toast, vanilla bean, star anise, and fresh clove. A pronounced iron minerality adds to the chorus of electric flavors and textur es, which linger for some time after the last sip. Fine-grained tannins complemented by a backbone of acidity offer bo th an intensity and a freshness, providing a finish that is unique among New World wines.
Grape Variety 82% Cabernet Franc, 12% Merlot, 6% Malbec
Vintage The 2016 growing season proved, once again, the importance of pruning. By adapting our pruning techniques to each micro-cru, after several years of drought, we worked in concert with Mother Nature to produce grapes that would result in elegant, age-worthy wines. While we experienced some heat spikes in July, the temperatures during the summer growing season were moderate with some cooler days in late A ugust. This provided the ideal conditions for slower ripening, resulting in less sugar accumulation and producing good acidity in the gr apes. The harvest took place within a tw o-week period across all four appellations, beginning September 6th in Chalk Hill and ending on Sep tember 21st in Alexander Valley. We are very pleased with the 2016 vintage as its sophistication and finesse shine thr ough.
Ageing Aged 17 months in 100% french oak with majority new oak
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