Located in the southeast end of Petaluma, this 12-year-old vineyard is hitting its stride and continues to please. Deep and concentrated black cherry and cherry pit notes mix […]Read More
|Barrel Description||68% new, 32% 1yr.|
|Barrel Aged||16 months|
Located in the southeast end of Petaluma, this 12-year-old vineyard is hitting its stride and continues to please. Deep and concentrated black cherry and cherry pit notes mix with blood orange, vanilla, and allspice. Subtle notes of terra cotta and sous bois, a French term meaning forest-floor or undergrowth, add a wonderful elegance to the darker side of this wine. Lively and refreshing on the palate, the cherry flavor profile coalesces into an earthy finish, with an overlay of black tea-like tannins. Superb texture and finely knit tannins; this wine will age extremely well.
Continuing the string of great vintages, 2014 completes the trifecta of extremely high quality growing seasons. The 2014s exhibit a great purity of place, with generous fruit and elegant textures. The 2014 growing season started out as one of the driest winters on record with only 40% of normal rainfall by mid-season. Due to the extremely dry conditions over the winter months, many of the vineyards were irrigated in December and January to ensure the vines had enough moisture, effectively mimicking winter rainfall. It was another early bud break season; almost 14 days earlier than “normal.” When rain in early April finally appeared it helped replenish the soil’s moisture profile to re-invigorate the plants and boost growth. May brought flowering, as expected, and fruit set was bountiful overall for a third straight year. The harvest season was near perfect with warm temperatures, which allowed for a leisurely picking schedule. 2014 was a wonderful growing season that has yielded another fine set of wines that speak of the place. In short, 2014 is another superb vintage of compelling nature and should allow for long-range cellaring for those to choose to age their wines for 7- 10 years.