Bright cherries and ripe plums slip in on the palate, lifting the flavors into a spicy finish. Generous and round, with medium weight and supple tannins, this wine is a welcome companion to barbecued hamburgers, baked penne or roasted pork.
With close proximity to the Pacific Ocean, the nights remain slightly chilly, but the days are generally long, dry and quite hot. This balance of temperatures allows for long hang times and slow, even development of fruit on the vine, ultimately producing grapes with ripe, jammy fruit, juicy acidity and soft tannin structure.
The 2015 growing season was marked by pleasant weather with little pressure from heat spikes or unseasonable rain. A dry winter was quickly followed by an equally dry spring, leading to an early bud break. Warm weather continued throughout late spring and summer, allowing for the steady development of flavors. The overall quality, complexity and balance in the vines produced exceptional fruit. The impact of the continuing drought was evident in slightly lighter crop loads, but the reduction in size was offset by an increase in quality as vineyard crews carefully selected fruit at harvest, allowing for only the finest to be chosen for this special bottling.
To develop the aromatics and bring forward the nuances in flavor, we let the grapes sit in a cold-soak for three days. During fermentation, we used frequent punch-downs, which maintained constant contact between the rising skins and juice, pulling forward maximum expression of character. To lend subtle nuances of spice, we aged the wine for eight months with French and American oak.