This wine exudes youthful exuberance and energy. Leaping from the glass are notes of cedar, sassafras, and orange zest. Perhaps most intriguing is the elusive scent of wild fennel. The palate has a mouthwatering, juicy quality, with black raspberry at the forefront closely followed by baked plums and cherry pie. The blend enjoyed a full fifteen months of barrel age; 40% newly coopered French oak.
The growing season was characterized by a warmer than average summer. However, we were fortunate not to experience any heat spikes. The net affect was an early start to harvest with surprisingly well developed tannins. Yields were modest, especially in pinot noir, but there was a slight uptick from the previous vintage (15 had notoriously low yields).