There’s a lovely Anderson Valley-ness to the nose with subtle hints of dried herbs and sassafras adding nuance to rich aromas of dark cherry and chocolate. On the palate, wild strawberry and cherry cola flavors mingle with hints of clove and holiday spices that carry through to a lingering finish.
After a cold, dry winter, we did extensive pruning to delay budbreak until the optimal time. Early spring rains and warm weather produced ideal conditions from bloom through fruit set. Though we set a larger-than-normal crop, the clusters were dense and compact with abundant small berries, which is perfect for high-quality wine. Warm summer days, cool nights and clockwork fog allowed for slow, even ripening and the retention of acidity. We harvested block-by-block over an almost languid two-month period. Like the Anderson Valley itself, the resulting wines are pure and complex, balancing a natural richness with a rustic elegance.