Intriguing nose of red fruits, violets, and tree bark with sage. Lovely spice character, firm tannins graced by silky texture. Persistent finish with hints of dusty dark chocolate.
After a relatively dry winter, both budbreak and bloom came earlier than usual. The lower soil moisture meant that foliage growth was easily controlled and the grapes enjoyed ample sunshine during a beautiful summer with nearly ideal growing conditions. The cooler-than-usual weather in August and September slowed sugar accumulation resulting in typical harvest dates despite the early start to the season.