You all remember this one. Dark ruby in the glass. A forward bouquet of brandied black cherries and spices (cardamom comes to mind). Mouthful of cherries, black cherries and more cherries, maybe even black raspberry; fruit galore, mouth-filling, decadent and voluptuous (call a friend). Finishes long with toasty oak, exotic spices and chocolate liqueur. Big, ripe and juicy. Very rich and delicious. Drinking great now, but I'll bet it will continue to develop. Drink now to 2009 and beyond. Serve with smoked baby back ribs with plenty of your favorite sauce. Yum!
The vineyard is located a little northwest of Cloverdale in the northernmost reaches of the Alexander Valley Appellation. This particular fruit comes from a 4 acre block planted in a deep loamy clay soil on St. George rootstock and dry farmed. There is some confusion about the age of the vines (25-35 years) but to call them mature would be appropriate. The cuttings for these vines were mostly gathered from the old Asti vineyards and some local old Italian family vineyards as well. No particular clones are identified.
384 cases produced.