At less than six miles from the Pacific Ocean and subject to sometimes ruthless fog and winds, the Taylor Lane Vineyard can make growing grapes an act of faith.
To achieve full maturity at this coastal site, we paired the early-ripening Dijon clones with an adapted traditional Italian trellis system that carries the vine shoots across a nearly horizontal canopy. The trellis acts as a solar panel for maximum ripening and permits dappled sunlight throughout the day and excellent air circulation to the fruit; its height also lets us graze sheep for weed control.
Dense, dark ruby color. The aromas of dense berry pie filling, bright cherry and light smoke notes saturate the nose. The flavors are abundant yet extremely focused and refined...cherries, chocolate, caramel… this is an excellent food wine with a full mouth feel and balanced acidity leading to a long finish.