A lovely expression of the cool growing season, this wine is pure and focused with beautiful acidity and an excellent tannin structure. On the nose, bright red cherry and plum aromas mingle with hints of orange blossom, herbs and spice. These notes are echoed on the palate along with a touch of menthol. This is a deep, elegant wine with outstanding aging potential.
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.