Spotlights great brambly mountain-fruit aromas, underscored by elements of white pepper, tobacco leaf, clove and sage. Barrel aging contributes subtle notes of vanilla and cedar. This wine is big and broad with just a hint of sweetness that pulls the palate to a long, sophisticated finish of pepper, cedar, dried herbs and earth.
Due to a wet spring and long, mild growing season, the harvest began two weeks later than normal. A strong heat wave and late rains required us to be extra diligent during harvest, with a focus on fine-tuning and timely picking. As is often the case in milder years, our 2010 wines are marked by their elegance and balanced natural acidity—qualities we have worked to preserve in the winery.