From the purply-red in the glass, you are greeted with aromas of dark summer berries with a hint of thyme. Your palate finds notes of blueberries and blackberries, a touch of tarragon, and well-smoked meats before a smooth, foresty finish. 192 cases produced. 13.9% abv. Gold Medal, San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition.
A half inch of rain in December started the rainy season. By the end of February, we only had four more inches, less than 2 inches in March and April and we were done for the season with 8.34 inches: 4 inches less that 2013 drought, and 20 inches under our historic average. The dry spring,s 3-5 degrees above normal, brought budbreak forward a month to mid-February, and we again spaded all the grasses into the soil to eliminate moisture competition for the vines. No heat spikes in the summer was a benefit. Harvest was early, beginning on 20 August and over by 1 October.