Exotic dark fruits predominate on the nose with blackberry pie and boysenberry jam along with crushed rock and tobacco leaf. The palate features beautiful fruit sweetness, with notes of saddle leather, cassis, clove and vanilla bean.
The palate features beautiful fruit sweetness, with notes of saddle leather, cassis, clove and vanilla bean.
Block #38 features a selection of Merlot from the historic “3 Palms” vineyard planted on St. George rootstock. The quadrilateral cane configuration opens up the canopy for light penetration, and we leave only 1-cluster per shoot, so each grape cluster hangs freely, never crowded by its neighbor. The yields are miniscule.
We picked our 1.25 acres on the 30th of September and proceeded with what we know best, gentle Pinot noir treatment (de-stemming without crushing and open-top fermentation) to coax out the expression of this unique site of beautiful red clay. After fermentation we aged the eight barrels for 20 months prior to unfiltered bottling. Cooperage selection included Rousseau for spice, and Francois-Frères for sweetness.