2016 was a roller coaster of a vintage. Spring was warm, and heat spiked to the high 90s in late May and early June, with flowering occurring the first week of June. Following bloom, weather turned cooler, and minor weather events after flowering resulted in a lighter and varied fruit set, especially compared to 2015. Cooler weather continued through July, delaying veraison at most sites until the mid- August heat spike, which set record highs on three consecutive days. These hot days quickly brought color to all of our vineyards. As fruit approached ripeness, daytime temperatures moderated, and we had an ideal harvest which ran from August 25 through September 23.
“Deliciously layered aromas of black cherry and black raspberry lift out of the glass, followed by exotic spice notes and a dark, rich loamy quality. This wine is like satin in the mouth—so supple. It toes the line between ethereal and ponderous in the most delightful way.”