After a wet winter and spring, unseasonably late rainfall occurred during flowering in June disrupting fruit set. This reduced the number and size of berries on each cluster and increased concentration of the fruit. Given late-season heat spikes in the 2010 vintage, the decision was made to pick during the fresh fruit stage of ripeness. Harvest was completed on October 25th.
Aromas of bright red fruits, herbes de provence, bay leaf and cassis give way to subtler notes of black tea and white pepper. The wine’s creamy texture envelops flavors of cherry and cranberry with a touch of dark chocolate. This polished and age-worthy wine offers a satiny finish with a slight grip of tannin at the close.
Cabernet Sauvignon 71%, Merlot 11%, Petit Verdot 9%, Cabernet Franc 8%, and Malbec 1%
18 Months in new French oak