The wine is dark in color and deep in flavors of red fruits like raspberry and cherry, sitting comfortably alongside darker herb-tinged blackberry and black currant. Some vanilla, cedar and oak spice adds to the impression of a wine you can’t wait to put in a glass. Medium-full in body, nicely rounded fine-grained tannin, just a pleasure to drink.
‘Early, Excellent and Evenly Ripening’ were the watchwords of the season on the North Coast, and the Lake-Mendocino-Napa core of the North Coast was particularly in good form. Moderate temperatures were the norm through the winter and spring, with decidedly little moisture, bringing on an early bud break. Heat was constant through the summer, with one balmy blip, so grapes hung around on the vine, ripening slowly and fully, layering on complex layers of flavor.
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