Full bodied wine framed by smooth tannins with pronounced notes of blackberry cassis and pepper, aligned with toasty oak and vanilla bouquet. The balance of concentrated fruit flavors and smooth tannins produce a wine approachable now and worthy of aging.
Wine Maker Notes
Hand picked in early October from Rudy’s block of the Warnecke; Chalk Hill, vineyard. Crushed and destemmed to fermentor undergoing a two-day cold soak before onset of fermentation. Inoculated with pure yeast culture and fermented warm at between 87º F - 91º F. Pressed at dryness, racked and inoculated for malolactic fermentation. Elevated entirely in new French, tight grain barrels for 17 months. Bottled without filtration.
Will age easily 8 years and beyond if stored between 55º F - 60º F. As the wine was not fined or filtered, it may produce sediment as it ages.