Aromatically the wine is assertive in demonstrating its Carneros clay soil heritage with notes of black cherry, forest floor, and hot brick. There is more to come, for the patient taster is rewarded with additional surprises. On the palate, one encounters fresh cherry, cranberry, and notes of baking spice which resolve into black tea on the long finish.
This is an honest portrait of Carneros terroir. The few barrels of this wine produced usually make their way into The Famous Gate. It is an uncommon event to taste them on their own and equally interesting to be able to view them alone and understand their contribution to our flagship wine, The Famous Gate.