The philosophy of blending is basic to the concept of Trilogy. I approach this wine as though I was an artist with a palette of colors. The result is a complex masterpiece of flavors and aromas that have great persistence on the palate and are tempered with a sense of elegance and finesse.
A preliminary Trilogy blend was made after malo-lactic fermentation had concluded. The wine rested quietly in small (50% new) French oak barrels until just prior to bottling. At this time, an extensive tasting was conducted and the blend was adjusted.
The 1997 Trilogy is very extracted with aromas that suggest anise, black fruits and ripe dark cherries. It is rich in the mouth and expansive on the palate with ripe berry, black cherry, coffee and currant flavors dominating.