The 2016 harvest marks the fifth great vintage in a row. Although it was another drought year and yields tended to be a bit lower, the quality was very high. The year started out hot, then became cold, then turned hot again, and October began one of the heaviest rain seasons this region has seen in many years.
The fruit for this wine was harvested at an optimal level of ripeness in September-October. Fermentation took place at a high temperature to ensure that maximum extraction was achieved before the wine was racked to 100 percent new French oak barrels. The wine was aged in barrel for 27 months before bottling