The 2001 vintage is a year for collectors. The growing season was nearly perfect, starting out with warm spring conditions that allowed the vines to express themselves with good growth. The summer weather was also warm but rarely hot, allowing steady ripening as harvest approached. The fruit ripening did not stall as sometimes can happen with cooler weather and we finished our picking by October 30th- a full two weeks earlier than some years.
The aroma is concentrated and starts out with ripe fruit expressions of cassis and black cherry. Classic varietal characters of earth, cedar, and spice bring complexity. The palate adds flavors of blackberry and dark chocolate richly framed with ripe mountain tannins. The structure of this wine suggests improvement over the next ten to fifteen years.