Yield: 2.5 tons per acre
Harvest: September 14th-18th
Numbers @ Harvest: 23.5° Brix, 3.30 pH, 8.1 grams acidity
Barrel Regimen: French Oak 50% new, 50% 1-2 years; 100% Barrel Fermented; 100% Malolactic; 10 months on the lees
Bottling: August 2013
Release Date: Fall 2015
The growing season in 2012 was as good as one could hope for as a winegrower. Lingering winter weather pushed the bud break into April—similar to 2010 and 2011. The all-important flowering occurred under perfect conditions and the crop was abundant. Harvest was late and leisurely, giving the wines great balance, depth and length.
Complex soil driven aromas of mint, sage and hazelnut are very inviting. Elegance—and by that meaning power with grace—is what comes through on the palate. Flavors combine essence of lemon, green apple and honeysuckle leading to an expansive finish.
Built to last—with good cellaring, expect further development for another three years and a drinking plateau of twenty.