The Vintage: Early, light, and exceptional is how the 2015 growing season will be remembered. Significant rain during February and April encouraged vines to thrive despite drought conditions, yet also created a smaller fruit set. With warm weather in late spring and summer, the reduced crop size of small berries became concentrated and fragrant. Warm temperatures in August and September led to one of the earliest harvests on record, with the reward of low yields and high quality.
The Crafting: Barrel aged for 10 months in 40% new French oak and 60% used French oak, the wine was produced using traditional methods and stirred on the less every two weeks. Malolactic fermentation was inhibited.
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: This is a bold, yet easy-drinking wine that will compliment full flavors. Suggested pairings include a traditional roasted chicken and root vegetables, chicken or pork in a Dijon mustard cream sauce, or it will easily accompany cheeses and charcuterie for a picnic.
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