(From 2012 Vintage) The growing season began with a warm spring which allowed early growth to progress nicely. Budbreak and bloom occurred ahead of the area average and the pleasant spring progressed into a sunny and mild summer. Near ideal conditions for most of the summer allowed vine growth and grape development to progress rapidly. Brief rainfall in August dissipated quickly and the weather remained superb until late September when harvest was temporarily halted due to heavy rains. Prior to September rains, the long summer allowed grapes to ripen nicely on the vine, and after the rain subsided, warm, Indian summer weather took us through the remainder of harvest.
This wine displays an incredibly deep, intense garnet color that is the harbinger of an amazing array of complex aromas which unfold in continuous succession in the glass. Aromas, of raspberry, black cherry, plum, and tobacco are joined by currant, vanilla, cassis, nutmeg, and licorice. Voluptuous, rich flavors of raspberries, cherries, and plums comingle beautifully with well integrated oak spice and velvety (almost silky) tannins. Hints of anise and nutmeg join the fruit in a very long, complex...
Wine Enthusiast(From 2013 Vintage) Rating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine Enthusiast on 04/01/2015