(2012 Vintage) The cold temperatures delayed bud break: the first signs came the second week in April. This year it seemed the varieties were budding at about the same time. Luckily the cooler temperatures continued while the ground dried out and vine vigor seemed to stay in check. Bloom came during the second and third weeks of May with fully formed berries. Overall the growing season was mild with two notable exceptions: the end of June saw a quick spike in temperatures in the middle of berry set, but seemed to have no effect on cluster and berry size. The second was a heat wave towards the end of July which saw temperatures soar to over 100 degrees but due to our irrigation program the vines emerged unscathed. By September it was clear that 2006 would be a late harvest. Though there was plenty of sunshine, sugar accumulation was slow. The first week of October delivered some rain which refreshed the vines and by midOctober the tannins were soft, and sugar and acidity looked in balance for harvest.
Wine SpectatorRating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 10/31/01
International Wine CellarRating: 93(+?) - As reviewed by International Wine Cellar in Issue 96, May/June 2001 Deep ruby-red. High-pitched aromas of black cherry, blueberry, licorice, shoe polish and viole...