The 2005 season began with a wet winter and spring; annual rainfall totals were well above average. We had an ideal fruit set, which produced an abundant number of full grape clusters. As a result, the vintage yielded exceptional fruit for the season. The harvest lasted over two months—into the early days of November. In many ways the 2005 season was reminiscent of 1997, where we had an abundant harvest of remarkable quality.
This inviting wine is well-rounded with forward fruit balanced by smooth, supple tannins and a lingering finish. The aroma is approachable with black cherry, ripe berry, and floral notes of violet and rose petal. The flavors are ripe with fresh fruit including blackberry, black cherry, and cassis complemented by a spicy note of white pepper.
45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 36% Merlot
11% Cabernet Franc, 8% Petit Verdot