There is a wildness, depth and complexity to this wine that immediately sets it apart. Dark and compelling, it displays concentrated black fruit and cassis elements with underlying layers of chocolate, leather, tobacco leaf, white pepper and a hint of mushroom. Though smooth and velvety, a beam of acidity supports this wine’s power and richness, adding poise and definition.
Though the beginning of the growing season was cold and wet, we had a successful bloom and set. Because the cool weather continued into summer, we applied extensive canopy management and vineyard floor cultivation, with little-to-no irrigation. After heat spikes in late August and early September, the end of the season was nice and temperate, and we were able to harvest ripe, high-quality fruit before any rain events. Despite its challenges, 2010 proved excellent for cool-climate winegrowing, delivering elegant wines with depth of flavor and superb balance at relatively low Brix.