The grapes are picked to ensure mature ripe fruit flavors. They are hand selected at harvest time by consulting winemaker, Helen Turley, who taste the berries and choose when to pick according to the developed concentration of flavors. After picking, the whole berries undergo a cold soak and short fermentation process. Each of the four varietals are fermented with wild yeast, resting in 75% new French oak on gross lees for 10 months before bottling. The wines are neither heat nor cold stabilized and are un-fined and unfiltered.
"Deep violet. Explosively perfumed aromas of dark fruits, flowers and smoky mineral scents. Powerful and impressively concentrated, with vivid blackberry and black raspberry flavors, subtle tannins and a building tangy quality on the long, clinging, spicy finish. This displays wonderful sap. Winemaker Turley described this vineyard as "a warm spot in a cool area.""
International Wine Cellar
"A bold, ripe, intense and fleshy style, built around generous plum, wild berry and blackberry fruit that's rich and fleshy. Shows its peppery side slowly, then ends with a long, distinct finish."