Aromas of black currant and savory spices highlight the nose on this beautiful and balanced wine. On the palate, it shows brightness with a touch of earthiness, caramel and black pepper. The finish is lush with richness and great structure. Start with a base of a hearty red meat, duck or veal cut. Compliment the entree with sides or sauces featuring mushrooms, roasted tomatoes or garden spices to bring out the flavors in the wine.
The vines got off to a slow start as April and May were both cooler and wetter than average. The cool trend continued into the mild summer and a full growing season that was our coolest since 1978. The exception was one notable heat spell in late August, when temperatures soared to over 111° F! Fortunately, September and October brought enough warm days to provide a beautiful finish to the growing season, allowing us to complete harvest a full week earlier than in 2009.