2011 P-47 Thunderbolt (40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 60% Syrah) - Silver Medal, SF Chronicle Wine Competition
Tasting Notes: This garnet-in-the-glass entices with a nose of juicy plum tarts, blueberries, and marjoram. The palate is met with plums, cherries, berries, marjoram, and cushy, soft, moss notes before a wonderfully smooth finish.
15 inches of rain in November and December 2010 gave the vines a good post-harvest soaking. Another 20 inches in January to March repeated last year’s assurance there would be plenty of water in the soil. The inch plus in April and May posed potential hazard to cluster development, but was not a problem. In total, the vines received just over 30 inches of rain, slightly above average. The growing season that followed – spring temperatures slightly above average, a cooler summer and a mild fall - gave the grapes a wonderful growing season.