We fermented the grapes using only
yeasts that naturally occur on the grapes and
allowed the wine to gain flavors and color from
extended skin contact. Each lot is aged separately for
several months, and then blended to create a wine
that is more complex than the individual parts. After
blending, the wine spent another year and half in
barrel to completely harmonize before bottling. This
is an elegant wine with aromas of black cherries and
licorice and a long finish. Full bodied with smooth
tannins, it's the perfect partner with filet mignon,
grilled steak or lamb chops.
"6% Petit Verdot; 3% Merlot; 1% Cabernet Franc. If a little stiff and reluctant on first taste, this nervy, tightly wound youngster slowly unfolds and reveals suggestions of well-ripened cherries, raspberries and no small measure of sweet oak. It is a long way from being pretty and polished at the moment, and its evident tannin signals a marked need for patience, but given the winery's track record of making ageworthy wines, it is one to lay away in complete confidence."