The level of intensity, color and flavor in the fruit from the Schlatter Family Estate Vineyard is truly exceptional. Aromas of licorice, blackberry, raspberry and plum are interwoven with dark chocolate and black olives and highlighted by balsamic notes. The rich, round entry is the perfect entr̩e to this wine of significant depth and length. The weight and concentration are balanced by flavors that are equally deep and elegant with leather notes and savory herbs (thyme) on the finish. The oak is well integrated featuring supple, very fine grain tannins. Decant this wine in its youth, it will reach a nice level of complexity 8-10 years from vintage, and with proper cellaring its depth and very fine tannins will continue to develop over the next 10+ years.
Picked only at night, sorted in the field and at the winery, the fruit was cold soaked for five days and fermented using native yeasts with daily pump-overs and delestage. Macerated for 30 to 45 days, part of the blend was barrel fermented in whole berries for 30 days. Malolactic fermentation took place in new French oak and the wine was racked every six months during aging. The wine was bottled without fining or filtration.