The aromatics are ripe and inviting, with layers of raspberry jam, chocolate-covered cherries and clove, all underscored by subtler notes of vanilla and sweet cedar. A full, rich jammy entry offers immediate pleasure, with rich milk chocolate flavors supporting a juicy mid-palate. The finish is long, textured and sophisticated, with lingering flavors of tobacco, dried sage and lavender.
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.