Inky, dark reds and purple hues present this wine. Aromas of subtle yet intense blackberry and slight briar, black pepper, and espresso intertwine with toasty oak. Flavors of blackberry and black licorice are threaded with briar and roasted oak. This tremendous wine has great density and length.
The 2018 growing season started with a mild winter and spring. There was decent rain in early and mid-January, and a fair amount in March and April, filling our lakes.. With a warm July, markedly cooler temperatures in August with no heat spikes, the weather remained ideal through September and October. There was a little rain in early October, but warm weather and dry breezes followed, allowing the grapes to hang on the vines longer and further develop their flavors. Harvest continued through November because of the ideal weather enabling the fruit to stay on the vine with no pressure from Mother Nature. The quality of the fruit was terrific, and the resulting wines show tremendous promise.
The fruit was hand harvested in the cool morning hours. At the winery, the clusters were sorted using a double sorting system. First, the clusters were sorted by hand. The fruit then ran through a small destemmer prior to the individual berries being sorted to ensure the ideal grapes were selected. These berries were delivered to a fermenter where there was a period of resting on skins. Warm fermentation temperatures along with gentle cap maceration achieved the desired color and structure before an extended maceration time on skins, prior to final pressing. The wine was transferred directly to barrel for 19 months of maturation.