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Aromas of ripe Rainier cherries, strawberry, root beer and spice dominate the nose in this wine. Concentrated flavors of cherries, wild strawberry, sassafras and mocha are complemented by […]Read More
|Barrel Description||69% new, 31% 1-year-old|
|Barrel Aged||15 months|
Aromas of ripe Rainier cherries, strawberry, root beer and spice dominate the nose in this wine. Concentrated flavors of cherries, wild strawberry, sassafras and mocha are complemented by the rich extracted grape and oak tannin in the finish. The maturity of these vineyard blocks has begun to show through in the depth and complexity of this wine.
—Winemaker Bob Cabral
The 2006 grape growing season was characterized by weather extremes. The unusually cool and wet weather of the early spring caused a late start to the 2006 Harvest. Challenged by the prolonged and excessive July heat spikes followed by more moisture, the vines required attentive care. Cool coastal weather returned in August, mitigating the effect of the hot summer and permitting a long hang time for optimal fruit maturity and a controlled pace for ideal picking. Grape clusters were unusually large, resulting in a generous crop load. Winemaking for the vintage was focused on meticulous fruit sorting and concentrating flavors, resulting in wines of fullness and length. Our Pinot noirs across growing regions have fruitiness of intensity and purity; our Russian River Zinfandels are ripe and typically powerful; our Russian River Chardonnays are particularly aromatic and finely structured.