The 2015 vintage growing season began with an extremely dry and warm spring. Flowering conditions were excellent therefore optimizing fruit set. Mild but dry conditions continued in early summer until mid-January when we received 1.29 inches of much welcome rain. The rain freshened canopies and kick-started veraison (the onset of ripening). The final ripening period was warm but with cool nights and no extended heat waves, full flavor ripeness and nice natural acidity levels were preserved.
Harvested on the 17th of February, traditionally processed with open fermentation and basket pressing in our 1928 press. The wine then matured for 21 months in American and French oak. The Block 11 component was fermented and matured in a large French oak foudre (holding 1426.5 Gallons). Bottling took place in February 2017.
Deep garnet in color. Perfumed aromas of musk, blackberry, dried herbs, and clove supported by underlying notes of wood smoke. The palate is loaded with generous fruit, spice, and balanced by fine savory tannins on the finish. We highly recommend decanting prior to serving. This wine is ideally served at room temperature and goes well with game dishes, and hearty lamb and beef.