This wine begins with a complex nose of blackberry, brambly red fruit, pencil shavings, sweet spice, wild sage and warm terracotta. Fine-grained tannins and a classic note of Rutherford dust add dimension to the round velvety palate, underscoring flavors of Bing cherry, spiced plum and cedar.
The 2012 growing season offered near-perfect growing conditions. Though budbreak was late due to heavy spring rains, warm weather during bloom allowed the vines to set a large crop. Increased yields were the result of more berries, not larger berries. This translated into even higher quality in the winery, as the skin-to-juice ratio remained ideal. Slightly cooler-than-average post-veraison weather and a lack of any heat events allowed for greatly extended hang time. Harvest was 2-3 weeks later than average, and the grapes arrived at the winery in pristine condition.