Offering silky tannins, a lush texture and abundant fruit, this beautiful wine shows what can be achieved in a grand cru-caliber vineyard in a great vintage. On the nose, layers of blackberry and black cherry rise from the glass, where they mingle with hints of toasty oak sweetness. The palate is rich and supple, with voluminous dark berry flavors lasting to the end of a long, juicy finish.
The California drought continued with winter temperatures ranging from 5 to 10 degrees warmer than average, which resulted in rapid vine growth. Come spring, the temperature fell, and a coastal fog layer arrived like clockwork every morning, in the Santa Maria Valley. While a cool May produced a smaller fruit set than average, a mildly warm summer and slightly cool August allowed for ideal hangtime, yielding small and concentrated berries with delicious varietal character.