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The cool and foggy Carneros region is known for producing grapes with a natural balance of acidity and ripeness. Fruit was hand-picked in the cool night to ensure it reached the winery in pristine condition. This elegantly balanced, medium-bodied wine is half barrel fermented and aged sur-lie. The wine displays inviting notes of tropical fruit and citrus blossom on the nose that give way to peach and pear flavors on the palette.
The 2018 vintage featured near perfect growing conditions from start to finish. Abundant February rain gave way to a slightly late bud break, but from there on the vines and grape clusters enjoyed copious amounts of ripening sunshine tempered by cool maritime influences at night. Temperatures remained even and steady throughout the Summer and well into Fall, devoid of any major heat spikes. This all made for a leisurely unhurried harvest that extended well into November for reds. The extended hang-time on the vine led to fruit with great concentrations of flavor and natural acidity, and the resulting wine should be exceptional.
50% Barrel Fermented; aged sur-lies
Bottled: May 2019