The red ruby color 2017 Crown Prince shows a very complex nose of white pepper and earthy notes playing along with ripe blackberry scents. On the palate, blackberry flavors returns big and plush in a supple and plush tannins envelop. The intense flavor profile continues into a long fisnish of soft tannins red fruit perfectly balanced with Cabernet spices.
California’s 2017 harvest wrapped up early this fall following summer heat spurts and a growing season that saw significant rain throughout the state ending a five-year drought. While October wildfires in North Coast wine communities made international headlines, the state’s vineyards and wineries were not significantly affected. Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino counties, the regions most impacted, grow 12 percent of California’s wine grapes, and 90% percent of the harvest in Napa and Sonoma and 85% in Mendocino were already picked and in production at wineries before the fires. - The Wine Institute