This wine exudes youthful exuberance and energy. It is delicious now, but one need not be overly optimistic to see the aging potential. Leaping from the glass are notes of sassafras, rose petal, and boysenberry. The palate has a mouthwatering, juicy quality, with black raspberry, lingonberry, and plum clafouti backed up additional notes of baking spice. The blend enjoyed a full fifteen months of barrel age; 50% newly coopered French oak from Cadus and Francois-Frères.
The grapes were harvested on August 28, and we combined the two separate clones in one open-topped tank. After cold soaking the grapes for five days to maximize color and flavor extraction, the fermentation was initiated with a traditional Burgundian yeast.