The beautifully evocative wine displays rich, tantalizing aromas of cocoa, black tea, blueberry, violets, espresso bean and anise, as well as hints of caramelized brown sugar and vanilla from aging in French oak. On the palate, it is luxurious and concentrated, with flowing red and blue fruit flavors, floral notes and Zinfandel-driven layers of cracked black pepper, red licorice and cranberry lingering on the long, generous finish.
The 2019 vintage began with a cold, wet winter followed by a cool spring, which resulted in a late budbreak. The cool, consistent weather provided abundant hangtime, ensuring ideal flavor development in the grapes. Yields for our red varieties were slightly above average, and temperate late-season weather allowed for a measured pace to harvest. Across the board, the 2019 wines are bright and balanced with smooth, elegant tannins and lush, vibrant flavors.