The Vintage: While the 2014 season was a year of drought, the growing conditions were ideal. Consistent temperatures and an early harvest contributed to a lush and ample wine. A warm January and February resulted in an early bud-break, and was followed by a dry spring and a summer with few heat spikes. The early, long and warm season allowed our fruit to fully develop creating a wine that is rich and balanced.
The Crafting: After an early morning harvest on October 11th our fruit was taken cold to the winery, where it was de-stemmed and moved to tank for fermentation. Following 13 days of fermentation, the wine was drained, pressed and moved to barrels. Aged for 20 months in 100% French oak, the wine was then cellared for an additional 14 months before release.
The Tasting: On the palate, enjoy a rich, rounded entry showing the ripeness of the vintage and striking a good balance of apple, pear and mango merged with sweet oak.
The Pairing: Perfect accompaniments to this wine include a bison burger with caramelized onions; smoked tri-tip; spicy tacos with crema fresca; or salt and pepper pork ribs.
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