82% Zinfandel, 18% Petit Verdot
Aging & Oak
16 months in 25% new oak
85% French, 15% American
* This wine has a gorgeous nose of dried herbs, tobacco leaf, dark chocolate-covered cherries and crème de violet
* On the palate, the entry is richly textured and inviting with balanced acidity that lifts the mid-palate, underscoring lovely layers of blackberry and herbs
In one of the coolest growing seasons in memory, we benefited greatly in 2011 from our 35 years of experience farming. To counteract uneven vine growth due to unusual spring weather, we did meticulous green thinning, gently opened up the canopy to expose the fruit, were judicious in our picking schedule, and sorted meticulously both in the vineyards and winery. Due to our quality adjustments our fruit fared well and warm up-valley locations like Oakville, Rutherford, St, Helena and Calistoga were particularly successful, and overall the resulting wines are pure and elegant.