(2012 Vintage) 700 feet above the valley floor, Pickberry Vineyard soils are shallow volcanic ash. Combined with slightly cooler temperatures on the southeast-facing slopes, grape clusters tend to be small and crop levels low –about 2.5 tons per acre. In warmer years, the blend has more Cabernet Sauvignon; in cooler vintages, we lean toward Merlot. Following that formula, the 2012 Pickberry is a Pomerol style wine. A powerfully structured wine, with scents of dark cherry, dark berry, plum, mocha and vanilla aromas. With its complex, round layered texture, it coats the palate with intoxicating flavors of black plum, cassis, currants, spice and toast. This wine is built to last well into the next decade. Aged 18 months in 100% French oak, 40% new.