This vintage of our flagship wine showcases notes of black cherry which mix with aromas of raspberry and hints of tarragon and dried herbs. Star anise and wood […]Read More
|Barrel Description||71% new, 29% 1 yr.|
|Barrel Aged||16 months|
This vintage of our flagship wine showcases notes of black cherry which mix with aromas of raspberry and hints of tarragon and dried herbs. Star anise and wood spices add depth and complexity to the alluring aromatics. The mouth-feel is balanced with extremely refined tannin that seem to saturate the entire palate. Red fruits dominate the tongue along with notes of citrus peel which adds lift. A strong impression of tea permeates the palate while finishing with hallmark gravel and mineral sensations.
The 2016 vintage was an excellent growing season, and started out as the previous four vintages; with a warm and dry winter. Above average temperatures and modest rainfall in the winter months brought a normal bud break in all growing regions. The main difference in 2016 was cooler temperatures in late February, and increasing rain totals in March that helped slow down vegetative growth. The net result was a slightly longer vegetative cycle, a slower grape maturation cycle, and therefore a later harvest compared to 2015. These events allowed for perfect maturation of the grape tannins and flavor development. Flowering happened under normal conditions with a slight cooling trend in May, which ultimately prevented blockbuster yields. Temperatures after fruit set were normal, but as veraison approached there were a few heat spikes that jumpstarted the ripening process. Harvest started with pleasant weather on August 10 in the Middle Reach Neighborhood vineyards (Westside Road). Weather in late August cooled, and by early September temperatures warmed up and dry conditions prevailed. The result was our core harvest was completed under ideal conditions by end of September. Overall, the wines from the 2016 vintage exhibit wonderfully polished tannins due to long and slow grape maturation on the vine.