Not only is Confluence the warmest vineyard in our Estate portfolio, it is also one of the most diverse, featuring both hillside and valley floor plantings. This wine offers a lush, layered and enticing expression of the vibrant red-fruit flavors that have come to define Confluence Vineyard. It begins with a highly aromatic nose featuring an array of spice elements alongside plum, raspberry, vanilla, oak and a hint of mint. The red fruit continues on the palate with beautifully extracted cranberry compote, red loganberry and raspberry flavors supported by broad, refined tannins that conclude in a long, sumptuous finish.
In 2006 the weather cooperated—in fact, it was ideal. Temperatures remained mild, allowing us to handpick each block based on ripeness and flavors, and extending the harvest over seven weeks, commencing at Confluence Vineyard on September 7 and culminating with The Narrows Vineyard on October 28. Winemaker Zach Rasmuson describes the fruit quality from the 2006 vintage as impressive: "the wines are full, well-extracted, and tasty."