This vintage is deep ruby in the glass, with aromas of dark cherries, blackberries, and a touch of cedar. Across the palate, one finds cherries, purple plums, cassis, and velvety soft tannins. The finish is lovely and long with reminiscence of richly-tanned leather.
Fermentation and Aging
The grapes were picked by hand in multiple lots, destemmed, and fermented in small lots with hand punch down four times a day. After pressing, the wine went through malolactic fermentation and 22 months of barrel aging in 30% new French oak. 504 cases were bottled in July 2008. 14.9% alcohol.
The 2005 growing season was wetter than normal by 23%, with 36 inches total rain: 24" in November and December, plus less than 4" in January and February, led into an early spring and budbreak. A cold and wet April, however, delayed fruitset. Summer was nice enough, followed by a hot spell in September; we began harvest mid-month.