Grown on our 18-acre estate mountain vineyard at elevations of up to 2,200 feet in rocky red volcanic soil. The vineyard is CCOF Organic and Demeter Biodynamic certified. On the ranch we pursue a true biodynamic “closed system,” where biodynamic preparations are sourced primarily from our property. A picturesque aspect of this is our Scottish Highland cattle, which play an important role.
The year started and finished warm and dry. Fortunately, with numerous on-site springs and three small lakes on our property, we are not adversely impacted by drought. Bud break was slightly earlier than normal giving us log hang time on the vine. The growing season was marked by daily fluctuations in temperatures which lends the fruit complexity and depth of color and flavor. We saw even ripening and superb quality across the entire vineyard. Harvest was on September 19th. Tonnage was light – but quality was excellent. A heat spike in July drove ripening. Our spring waters allow us to drip irrigate just when needed to maintain quality as well as the health of our vines.
Handcrafted in an old-world style. We use minimal intervention in the cellar in order to bring the highest expression of our Lake County Red Hills vineyard’s terroir to every glass. Our mountain vineyards shine in vintages with extremes. Our rugged, hearty vines stand strong during heat spikes as we saw in July of this year. Berries were small, giving the wine a potent flavor profile and deep aromatics. This wine has aromas of ripe blueberry, and organic, dark cocoa. The mouthfeel is rich and velvety – dense and luscious. Balanced acidity and flavor notes of bell pepper, bacon and black fruit make this wine delicious! Perfectly suited to complement rich, elegant meal: pairs beautifully with braised lamb or beef wellington. Drink now through 2030 and beyond.