69% Syrah, 28% Grenache
16 months in oak
100% French oak
40% new, 60% second vintage
This wine has beautiful blueberry, creamy milk chocolate and lavender aromas with subtler notes of nutmeg, dried cranberry and wild game. On the entry, it is soft and rounded with enticing floral elements, as well as hints of cinnamon and clove from French oak aging. Elegantly textured tannins and rich notes of black plum add to a long, satisfying finish.
Due to a wet spring and mild growing season the 2010 harvest started 2 weeks later than we would normally expect. Later, milder seasons tend to result in wines of fine elegance and balanced natural acidity. This is exactly what we see in our white wines and the best reds from superior locations. During harvest the conditions (a strong heat wave and then significant late rains), caused us to be very diligent in the vineyards fine tuning the fruit and making timely picking decisions. In the winery we took precautions to be respectful to the characteristics of the fruit and feel that has resulted in wines of character and intrigue.