The 1999 season in the north coast was another late year. Overall the bloom time was a week earlier than normal – about the same date as the 1998 season. The growing season was moderate in temperature through spring and summer with good, dry conditions. Mildew and botrytis bunch rot did not present problems for the season or harvest. The major influence on fruit quality was heat spike periods during the final ripening phase. One such prolonged period of heat combined with extreme low humidity caused the berries to dehydrate, concentrating both sugar and acid and resulting in sweet, but not mature, grapes. In spite of this, the overall quality of the fruit was very good.
Dense, deep purple ruby. Blackcurrant and cassis flavors are followed by an extremely textural mouth coating entry.
Alcohol: 13.5% by volume