Yield: 1.5 tons per acre
Harvest: September 20th-30th
Numbers @ Harvest: 23.5° Brix, 3.30 pH, 6.0 grams acidity
Cepage: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 10% Cabernet Franc & 2% Petit Verdot
Barrel Regimen: French & American; 50% new, 50% 2 years old; aged 23 months in barrel
Bottling: August 2015; no fining or filtration
Release Date: Fall 2017
The 2013 vintage was interesting: All of the rainfall occurred before January 1st, and we encountered a drought-induced early budbreak which led to an early harvest (even though it is seven months away.)
The style of this wine is massive. There is a depth of flavor, texture, vibrancy, freshness, and richness I have not seen before. The nuanced nose reveals black currant, graphite, and our surrounding mountain flora. On the palate, it has a stunning richness to balance the abundant tannin and acid. We pride ourselves on our “old world” style, and I cannot say if I have made a more compelling vin de garde in the last thirty years.
Expected maturity 2020 -2060.