|Wine Type:||Red Wine|
|Harvest Date:||September 30th, 2010|
|Aging:||French oak barrels for 16 months|
|Fermentation:||Cold soaked for 4 days, indigenous yeast fermentation|
|Bottling Date:||April 8th, 2011|
This wine exhibits lively aromas of vine-ripened blackberries and kirsch liquor. On the palate the wines exuberant fruit is balanced centered acidity building with fruit through the mid-palate to the luscious tannin and a long finish. To preserve the opulent mouthfeel this wine was bottled without fining or filtration.
To describe the 2010 growing I season I like to use the analogy of riding a roller coaster. Abundant rains in the winter 2009 and spring 2010 broke a three year drought and replenished groundwater for the season. Spring and summer along the Sonoma Coast was persistently foggy and cold, resulting in only a handful of days over 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The cold growing season pushed harvest back nearly one month and produced miniscule yields. The small, but exceptional, crop we harvested produced grapes with crisp acidity, and intense flavors.
Planted in 1970, this hillside vineyard is planted on a steep and rocky slope on our estate at the northern end of Russian River Valley. We dry-farm these gnarled vines to produce small and compact clusters with incredible fruit intensity with bright acidity. After cluster sorting, destemming and berry sorting this wine was fermented utilizing open-top fermentation and the wine is aged in French oak barrels for 16 months.