La Encantada Vineyard (32%)
Sanford & Benedict Vineyard (28%)
John Sebastiano Vineyard (20%)
Radian Vineyard (20%)
13% whole cluster, a combination of natural (wild) fermentation and Burgundian yeast isolates, and bottled un-fined and unfiltered.
Harvest 2015 was our earliest in history. We commenced harvest on August 3rd. Quality was extraordinary with small berries, ripeness without a lot of sugar and focused varietal flavors. It was clear early on that this would be a fantastic vintage. Temperatures in 2015 were average and steady; we had no weather issues. The season was so consistent we were able to pick without heat spikes or cold spells causing panic or interrupting the harvest. Overall, the wines have balanced acidity, low alcohols, precious tannins and they are concentrated and intense.
This wine was matured for 10 months in 42% new French oak barriques from Tonnellerie François Frères and Tonnellerie Ermitage.
92 Points & Cellar Selection ~ Wine Enthusiast
92 Points ~ Wine & Spirits
91 Points ~ Wine Spectator
90+ Points ~ Wine Advocate