This wine is vibrant red in color. Notes of black cherry and plum mix with aromas of underbrush and hoisin sauce. Strawberry and rhubarb pie elements round out […]Read More
|Barrel Description||63% new, 37% 1 yr.|
|Barrel Aged||17 months|
This wine is vibrant red in color. Notes of black cherry and plum mix with aromas of underbrush and hoisin sauce. Strawberry and rhubarb pie elements round out the complex and alluring nose. The entry is round and builds with wonderfully refined tannins. Nutmeg and wood spices are interwoven into this perfectly balanced and textured wine. This will be the last offering of Williams Selyem Hirsch Vineyard.
The 2015 vintage continues the hit parade of great quality vintages of the last four years. The season started under extreme drought conditions for the 4th consecutive season despite a wet early winter. January was very dry and warm and brought bud break earlier than expected by about 12 days compared to 2014. The rains returned in early February and dramatically slowed down the growth of the plants. May temperatures were some of the coldest on record and negatively impacted flowering and therefore fruit set. It was common for clusters to have millerandage, or a “hens and chicks” (big berry, little berry) phenotype, great for wine quality but severely limited yields. By the end of July the heat returned and, coupled with limited fog intrusion, the ripening process sped along quickly. In fact, harvest started on the last day of July…the earliest on record in the 36 vintages at Williams Selyem! Despite an auspicious start and a dramatic finish to the season, the 2015 wines may surpass some of the great recent vintages as they are bold and yet maintain their trueness to site. With superb color, structure and acidity, the wines have staying power, but with the wonderful texture and richness that are expressed today, who can resist them now?