Showing an interesting note of bay laurel on the nose, a pop of strawberry preserves comes right up behind to “Wow!” you. A vanilla mocha and dark cherry mid-palate belie a backbone of acidity and tannin that stand this wine at attention. Being both bright in acidity and having a significant succulence, this wine is a mouthwatering pleasure for those that like to venture into the unknown and carry a defiant streak within. This wine will show best between 2024 and 2029. A preferred pairing for this would be a two-course meal with a pomegranate, goat cheese and toasted walnut salad followed by braised beef over rosemary mashed potatoes.
The fruit was harvested September 20th through October 26th. 2019 began with a wet and cool spring, which pushed bud break out two weeks later than in 2018. The summer growing season was relatively uneventful, with no heat spikes. Due to the moderate weather and late bud break, veraison did not end until early August in some areas of the valley. Autumn brought hot days and cool nights which helped push the grapes to full ripening, while preserving their acidity. As a result, the wines produced from this vintage are full and robust with deep color.
The grapes were hand-harvested at night when temperatures often dip to 50˚F – to capture vibrant acidity and fruit expression in the wine. We first cold soaked the must (crushed grapes) for gentle extraction and then fermented in stainless steel, concrete, and oak barrel fermenters at 92˚F. Rigorous pump-overs, increasing during the peak of the fermentation, developed deep color, rich varietal character and fine tannins in the wine. The wine was aged in new French oak barrels to meld the bright fruit expression with oak spice nuances. After three months of aging, we blended the vineyard components then allow them to marry during the remainder of the 26 months of barrel-aging. This wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered to present the attributes of the vineyard in the purest form possible, from the dirt to the glass!