Deep, dark ruby color. Complex notes of black currants, cassis, violets and savory herbs with a hint of red cherry. Light barrel spice and cedar aromas. Soft and lush mouthfeel, rich texture with subtle and well-integrated tannins. Flavors of black raspberry, dark chocolate, and cherry cola on the finish. Robert Parker 92, Vinous 92+.
Estate: Located at the winery, faces west from the side of Howell Mountain and has a slope averaging 22%. The soil is composed of "tuff" a volcanic ash, allowing the vineyard to drain very well. Haymaker: An eastern-facing mountain vineyard located in a frost free zone between the valley floor and mountain top with ancient marine sedimentary soils.
The 2013 growing season was early, even, and excellent! The early bud break and consistently moderate temperatures throughout spring and summer resulted in exceptional vine health and optimal ripening. We were able to take our time planning vineyard picks to ensure the highest quality fruit with complex flavors and refined phenolic profiles.
75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 12% Merlot, 11% Petit Verdot, 2% Malbec