Planted in 1886, dry-farmed, Delta influenced, Mediterranean climate, deep, fertile sandy loam soils. Organically farmed for 20 years!! Late May rains caused some significant shatter that lowered yields to 1.5 tons per acre. We harvested 1.5 tons September 4th.
2/3s whole cluster, 1/3 destemmed, punch downs in half ton bins, indigenous primary & secondary fermentation, aged in neutral French oak barrels for 8 months sur lees. Ruby red in color. Big, expressive nose of rhubarb, wild strawberry, orange peel, and dark cherry. Background notes of rose petal, cassis, and a touch of mint and tobacco.