(From 2012 Vintage) Grape lots were blended from several benchland and mountain ranches that naturally yield smaller crops and result in intensely colored and flavored wine. Vine canopies were carefully managed to protect the grapes from direct sunlight while the fruit was allowed an extended hang time to fully ripen. In the winery we used a variety of techniques to maximize flavor intensity while managing tannin levels including cold soaking, pump over, and varying fermentation lengths and temperatures. The wine was aged in oak for 16 months.
A ripe wine with powerful and mature fruit. Cherry, plum and vanilla with hints of cedar and spice on the nose. Concentrated and rich yet supple. It should continue to develop for 5-7 years though it is excellent now, especially with steak, leg of lamb and beef stew.
Wine SpectatorRating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 02/28/99