2018 is the darkest, inkiest vintage in my memory, a result of an extremely long, cool ripening season with cold nights. Happily, natural acidity persists during ripening under these conditions and wildly complex flavors and aromas result. As the weather was perfect at flowering, we had a bumper crop of deliciousness, making everyone happy.
Violet and dried rose perfume jumps out of the glass along with tart cherry, blueberry, plum and cassis fruit. Flavors follow with cocoa and refreshing minerality joining the party with a tantalizing white pepper note for interest. Signature velvety tannins add texture and a gentle grip to complete the picture.