Deep, inky black, concentrated and intense - this is a huge wine! A concentrated nose of black pepper, freshly ground coffee and black cherry complexed by toasty vanillin and cedary oak components. This is followed by a rich fruit-driven palate of tremendous length and concentration and an uncommon balance and softness rarely found in this variety. Approachable now, this special selection wine will be greatly rewarded by bottle maturation over the next three to five years.
The fruit comes from the steep hillside vineyard directly behind the winery. The limiting nature of the soils in this site naturally reduces the vigor of the vines, thus producing a meager crop of small, black berries of incredible concentration. The wine was drained off skins after only five days and allowed to complete fermentation in new American oak barrels. Two months later the wine was racked and returned to 25% new French oak barrels and the balance going to two, three and four year-old barrels for maturation.