Bright ruby in color and scented with red raspberry and Darjeeling tea, this lively expression of Russian River Valley fruit dispels layers of blackberry and Bing cherry along with subtle hints of vanilla and forest floor. Supple tannins and balanced acidity grace a long finish. This wine was bottled unfiltered and unfined.
At harvest, berries were firm with perfectly healthy skins and therefore vivid, deep flavors, great acidity and excellent freshness. The wines will be very pure with strong specific vineyard signatures. Moderate weather (without heat spikes) prevailed throughout summer and early fall which kept sugar levels and phenolic maturity in sync. Ripening progressed slowly and predictably.
Our fruit is hand-harvested into small bins in the early morning to protect the fruit and preserve freshness. Grapes are hand sorted and partially de-stemmed before going into small open top fermenters. Following
a 5-7 day cold soak period and 10-12 day fermentation the wine is aged in French oak barrels.