Layered aromas of dark, rich blackberry and black cherry compote are weaved with iron undertones. Hints of toasted hazelnut and purple flowers play a hand as well. Dense layers of dark, lush blackberry and black cherry give way to cinnamon and cocoa nibs on the palate. The finish is long with ample tannic structure, giving this vintage true cellaring potential.
The 2015 growing season is the latest in a trend of being the warmest on record for our valley. Bud break occurred at the end of March, which is about a week earlier than usual. High temperatures peaked at the end of June and were steady throughout the course of the summer. A cooling trend arrived as the grapes began to go through veraison, allowing them to ripen perfectly. For the first time ever, harvest began in August and was followed by optimal weather patterns for the remainder of the year.