The 2019 vintage was an excellent vintage with tonnage levels close to average. The year began with heavy rains in winter, followed by a few spring showers. Summer weather was moderate and ideal. Outside of anticipated heat spikes in August and September, conditions during harvest were also mild and lovely. The lack of typical morning fog during the growing season seemed to speed phenolic ripeness. The 2019 vintage is high quality, with a signature of freshness, generosity of fruit, and lush tannins. The greatest wines begin in the vineyard. We know our estate fruit intimately and work closely with our growers.
Our goal is individual vine balance for perfect ripening of each cluster. At harvest time, any compromised clusters were left on the vine. The fruit was hand-picked and berries were hand-sorted. This wine was hand-crafted in our new state-of-the-art winemaking facility. The juice went through a 1-3-day cold soak to settle the solids before inoculation with a unique French yeast strain. Daily pump-overs helped fine-tune and extract the rich color and tannins from the skins. After fermentation, the wine was moved to barrel to initiate malolactic fermentation and was racked 2-3 times before bottling.