Outstanding vineyards are the foundation for this wine. Carefully selected fruit
from premier vineyards throughout California allow the winemaker to craft the best
expression of the fine varieties used to make this unique blend. This includes an
ideal mix of cooler, coastal fruit as well as grapes from the warmer, interior region
of California. These growing areas work well together and offer unique growing
conditions including long, warm, sunny days tempered by cool ocean breezes.
2016 was another brilliant growing season for most of California, although prolonged
drought conditions continued resulting in lower yields in the vineyards. The conditions
throughout the growing season were consistent, even and warm with few unbearable,
damaging heat spikes. California did experience a wet October, but most grapes were
already picked and safely in the winery before the rains began. Overall, the quality and
fruit characteristics in this vintage were very good with well-developed flavor profiles
and excellent color development.