The rich, dark color of this wine catches you from the first pour. It exhibits a rich, deep burgundy hue with perfect clarity. The aromas are a compendium of ripe raspberries, bing cherries and blueberries. The first initial sip fills the mouth with sweet raspberries, black cherries, cranberries and plums, all the while maintaining absolute dryness with firm, round, yet supple, mouth filling tannins.
California accounts for the southern two-thirds of the country’s west coast and spans almost ten degrees of latitude. With mountains, valleys, plains and plateaux, California’s topography is as complex as its climate, offering winegrowers a bewildering choice of terroir.
Extended maceration time allowed for maximum extraction of color and phenolics. After fermenting to dryness, the wine was settled before being moved to barrels. The entire lot was aged in French and American oak, 15% of which was new wood, where it underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine was then racked every three months, as well as topped every two weeks, to achieve maximum clarity.
Pairs well with beef, lamb, deer, venison, and poultry dishes.