In abnormal vintages, terroir, the uniqueness due to all aspects of vineyard site, can be everything. In spite of a warm summer, our Cabernet harvest was late, beginning well after mid-October, finishing with 128 days of maturing time between bloom and harvest. Because of this long maturation, the fruit had ample time to achieve the ripe tannin necessary for the paradoxically soft, while eminently age-worthy, red wine high in healthy mouth-filling tannin. Some have dubbed this the "yummy factor." Whatever you call it, this wine has plenty.
It is lovely, rich textured, approachable, and thoroughly enjoyable. The vineyard's intrinsic quality comes through in the wine's depth of flavor. The more hedonistic fruity flavors and inviting texture are supported by pleasant earth-tones and the spice common to our wines. These are the aromas that will come forward, center stage, as the wine matures, suggesting "cedar-y" cigar boxes and redwood forests. -Winemaker Fred Payne