(From 2009 Vintage) Explosive aromas of ripe berries, fresh lilac and white pepper demand attention, and are mirrored in the lush and juicy flavors of fresh brambly blackberries and boysenberry preserve. Fine-grain French oak adds creaminess to the texture, while the American oak contributes notes of spice that linger through a long, rich finish. Ideal cellar time is two to seven years from vintage date. Pair with short ribs, grilled pork, fresh figs and blue cheeses.
(From 2009 Vintage) Harvest Dates: September 25, 2009 Vinification: Harvested by hand in cool morning hours Destemmed to stainless steel fermenters Yeast strains Prise de Mousse 15-day primary fermentation Gentle pump-overs throughout fermentation Free run separated from press-fraction After single racking in tank transferred to barrels Barrels stirred weekly through malolactic fermentation Filtered to bottle Oak Regimen: 15 months in 50% French, 50% American oak; 35% new