This voluptuous wine delivers rich ripe blackberry, cherry and vanilla notes, as well as complex secondary layers of dried hibiscus, candy cap mushroom and moist earth. On the palate, it is full and giving, with a broad structure and abundant flavors of black cherry and plum. The fruit is accented beautifully by a nice toasty oak note, which lingers long on the finish.
The 2013 harvest was early, even and excellent with a warm dry spring brought an early bud break and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. In the weeks after Labor Day, a moderate heat event followed by a period of perfect weather created a dream scenario for end-of-season ripening. Rain was not a factor, and for the second vintage in a row, the quality of the grapes was exceptional throughout Russian River Valley.