Yield: 1.8 Tons/acre
Harvest: September 1st-15th
Numbers @ Harvest: 24.5 Brix, 3.4 pH, 8.0 grams acidity
Barrel Regimen: 50% new; 50% 1-year burgundy; 100% barrel fermented with full malolactic
Bottling: July 28th-30th 2004
Release Date: Spring 2005
2002 was a special year on this mountain. Every wine made had extra dimension and richness. Since we grow the “Big Three” (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon), which all require their own unique ripening ideals, this greatness across the portfolio is rare.
Captivating aromas of citrus and stones are buttressed by mint and toasty oak. Very youthful on the palate (this is a good thing) this wine has a tight core of citrus and minerality; hazelnuts emerge in the persistent finish.
Given this wine’s unparalleled track record, the 2002 should be ready in a couple of years and drink well for a decade thereafter with good cellaring.