Overflowing with Howell Mountain aromatics highlighting dark brambly fruit, wild berry pie notes, ripe blackberry and plum aromas, as well as sweet cedar, dark chocolate, tarragon, nutmeg and coffee. On the palate, this beautifully balanced wine offers a rich, ripe entry, with a firm, yet approachable structure. Flavors of chocolate, sweet cedar, clove, cinnamon and tobacco mingle in the complex mid-palate and carry through to a long, satisfying finish.
2009 presented certain challenges—from early shatter to late-season rain. We responded with site-specific techniques that included aggressive leafing, an early thinning protocol and a heavy field sort to select only the most desirable grapes. Attention to detail in the vineyards, and during harvest and sorting, yielded high quality fruit.