Rich garnet in the glass, leading into a nose reminiscent of dried plums, blueberries, raspberries, and - yes - dark grapes! The palate finds ripe Bing cherries, lush berries laced with a kiss of cassis, and richly tanned leather with hints of fine pipe tobacco. The velvety, smooth finish lingers with the wine's easily elegant structdure. (02/2008)
The grapes were picked by hand, destemmed, and ermented in small lots with hand punchdown four times a day. After pressing, the wine went through malolactic fermentation and 22 months of barrel aging. The final blend (50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Cabernet Franc, 24% Merlot) was made in the second year of aging. 280 cases bottled in August 2004. 13.8% ABV.
With a warmer than usual February, bud break came early, in the first week of March. Two weeks later, the 80% of normal annual rains ended. May and June were warmer than normal, giving the vines a good start. After that, the growing season was long, dry and mild, with only a few brief heat spikes moderated by the cool climate. Thus, the Bordeaux varieties have fully ripened flavors. Tannins are highly extractable and color is intense. Truly, a fine vintage.