About This Wine
The grapes were picked at night or during the cool early morning hours and cold-soaked for three days at 48°F. Next, they were punched down three times a day during fermentation, with no post-fermentation maceration, and racked out of barrel once at the time of blending, just prior to bottling.
9 months in 100% French oak, 23% new.
Aromas of black plum, cherry, rhubarb and hints of earth and loam.
Flavors of red plum, raspberry and blood orange are underpinned by distinctive river stone minerality and savory umami character. Plush and richly textured with juicy, yet balanced acidity and integrated toasty barrel spice.
The 2018 growing season was highlighted by an unusually dry winter followed by a warm and dry spring. Warm weather and sparse rainfall continued throughout summer, leading to an early start to harvest and reduced yields. The smaller crop resulted in exceptional wines with great character and concentrated flavors.
Sonoma County Wines
Sonoma County is one of California’s largest wine producing regions, with 18 different AVA’s (American Viticultural Area). Within the region and across the different AVA’s there are a wide variety of climates and soils suitable for producing different varieties of wine.
Some of the perhaps more notable AVA’s within the region include:
Alexander Valley, a warmer climate creates wines known for their richness. While Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Zinfandel can be found from this area, it is their voluptuous Cabernet Sauvignon with chocolaty notes that is the standout.
Dry Creek Valley, primarily known for it’s production of Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc.
Russian River Valley, with the regularly intrusion of a cooling fog, this area is known for producing quality Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, two varietals that do well in a cool climate.
Sonoma Coast, also a cooler AVA but also with high levels of rainfall. Pinot Noir grapes grow especially well here.
Besides those varietals mentioned above, one can also find Merlot, Syrah plantings within the various AVA’s of Sonoma County.