Smooth flavors of ripe plum, black currant jam, and strawberry filling well balanced with roasted almonds and a touch of vanilla. Bright acidity and soft tannins lead to a long, satisfying finish.
The 2017 growing season began with an abundance of winter rainfall. The overall growing season brought a nice spring with uniform growth and a healthy fruit set, about 15 percent above what we were expecting. Veraison came in late July and happened very quickly. August was cool, with a consistent marine layer. The early September heat spike brought record temperatures, but after the heat the fruit fared well. Shortly after the heat wave, the vines were stressed and sugars, phenolics, and acids looked great so we picked all fruit by late September.