Deep hues of dark red illustrate the density of this wine. Dark blackberry and black plum encompass nuances of espresso, dark chocolate and toasted vanillin oak along with a hint of dusty terroir. Cassis, black plum, and blackberry dominate with integrations of dark chocolate and toasted oak. This is a dark, centered wine of tremendous length with a structured core and fine-grained tannin.
The fruit was hand-harvested in the cool morning hours and brought to the winery in half-ton bins. 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 de-stemmer that removed stems from the grapes before the individual berries being sorted to ensure that the ideal grapes were chosen. These berries were delivered to a fermenter where there was a period of resting on skins. Warm fermentation temperatures were encouraged along with gentle cap maceration to achieve the desired color and structure for the wine before an extended maceration time on skins prior to final pressing. The wine was transferred directly to barrel for 20 months of maturation. Seventy-eight percent of the sorted berries used in this blend was fermented in French oak barrels to add layers of complexity to the wine. After fermentation, the wine remained in those same barrels for aging.
2014 – 95 Points, James Suckling; Robert Parker
2015 – 96 Points, James Suckling; 92-94 Points, The Wine Avocate
2016 – 95 Points, James Suckling; 92 Points, The Wine Advocate
2017 – 94+ Points, Jeb Dunnuck; 94 Points, James Suckling; 92 Points, The Wine Advocate