Aromas of violet fruit and a hint of scorched earth fill the room.
Silky dark fruit with layers of savory earth, dark fruit and smoke create a woven and plush feel to the flavors. Get a good long book to enjoy with the finish of berries cocoa and tobacco.
The 2013 growing started slowly, with an extended bloom period due to cooler than average temperatures. After bloom we couldn’t have programmed better growing conditions. Very warm days and cool clear nights were the norm. A few scattered thunderstorms hit sections of the growing area but there was no significant rainfall after early June, allowing for precise canopy management. Through July and August we had warmer than normal temperatures and no rainfall. Over all the 2013 vintage will prove to be an excellent vintage.
Harvest ended up starting about a week early from the warm sites, but as things cooled off we were able slow down thing in the Walla Walla valley and allow the fruit to get fully mature for perfect flavors.
April 3, 2014
Whole Berry Fermentation at cooler temperatures creates deep, dark fruit flavors, while a touch of co-fermented Viognier brightens the nose and darkens the color. The addition of Stone Tree Malbec and new oak adds supple spice, while the neutral barrels add weight and substance.
14 months 21% New, 57% FR, 31%Am & 12% Hungarian.
Deep purple fills the glass.