A cooler than expected spring got the 2010 growing season off to a late start. Some moderate frost put the growth development back even further and also brought an uneven period of fruit set. The summer months continued to be mild with only a few exceptional days of triple digit heat. The key to our success was to decide to thin the already short crop to achieve consistency and balance within the fruit. This was extreme is some cases but it was the only way to achieve optimal ripeness with the quality of flavors and textures to represent Encanto Vineyards. The aromas are plentiful leading with bright ripe blackberry, cola, spice and sweet leather. The mid-palate is dense and firm with core flavors of currant, kirsch, rich cherry, and cedar. There is a pencil lead minerality that mingles with creamy oak and wildflower notes in the finish. The texture is juicy and velvety with layers of soft tannins that finish long.