This alluring wine displays a mosaic of dark fruit aromas from wild blackberry and cassis to huckleberry and black plum, with undercurrents of rich, loamy earth and fresh herbs adding depth and complexity. The dark berry layers are echoed on the juicy, concentrated palate, with polished tannins adding a supple roundness to the lush, flowing flavors as they glide to a dramatic dark berry and spice finish.
A cold, dry winter was followed by an equally cool spring, which led to a slightly later-than-normal budbreak and bloom. Following mid-June rains that had a modest impact on the size of the crop, the weather turned hot in July and August, spurring the grapes to a long, sustained period of ripening. Our early ripening Syrah from The Rocks District offered beautiful flavor and color development, with polished tannins. With smaller overall yields, our Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon produced wines of tremendous concentration and power, with great ripeness and flavor development. To ensure the exceptional nature of all of our 2020 wines, we assessed all of our wines using both sensory and laboratory analysis to ensure that they were in no way affected by smoke from the Oregon wildfires.