(From 2010 Vintage) The fruit for this red blend was harvested during the cool hours of early morning to maximize fresh flavors. Crush occurred in our cellar prior to fermentation and maceration on the skins, after which the wines were drained and pressed to barrels for maturation. After a year in predominantly French oak, a preliminary blend was created and that blended wine put back into barrel in order to begin the process of marrying the flavors of the component varietals. Another twelve months later, the wines went through final evaluation to complete the blend.
Aromas of plum and black cherry permeate this inky, garnet hued Bordeaux blend. Flavors of smooth vanilla and hints of tobacco are present on the long, full finish. This wine is seamless from the beginning to the last sip; it will age beautifully and develop its flavors in the bottle.
Wine Enthusiast"Forward in fruit, this Meritage style Bordeaux blend flatters with ripe flavors of blackberries, cherries, plums, licorice, sweet smoky oak and rich Asian spices. It’s a crowd pleaser. Could develop bottle complexity through 2015. —S.H."