• COMPOSITION: 55% Merlot, 32% Cabernet Sauvignon, 7% Malbec, 2% Syrah, 2% Petit Verdot, 2% Tempranillo
• AGING: French and American oak
• pH: 3.64
• TA: 6.0 g/L
• ALCOHOL: 13.7%
• PRODUCTION: 2,016 cases
• BOTTLED: August 2016
The 2013 growing season was one of the hottest on records, right in stride with 1998 and 2003. Hot, 90 degree temperatures came on in early spring, prompting an earlier than average bud break. This hot spell was followed up by welcome spring rains that helped establish healthy canopies early in the season with bloom occurring early in June. Intense heat hung around from late June into mid September when a dramatic shift in weather brought us a nice cool, but dry fall allowing for good hang time.
This lovely ruby‐red wine begins with a blast of blackberry and hints of cinnamon, soy and oak. The wine is of medium‐body with firm tannins and is dominated with flavors of cherry, anise, pepper and caramel. Hints of spice and cedar linger on the finish. The lively acids, make this wine very food friendly and would pair well with grilled steaks and chops or with a comforting beef or lamb stew.