Vineyard: Temperance Hill’s (30-year-old) late-harvested and cooler high-elevation vines deliver old vine complexity with fresh acidity. The five best barrels became this wine. The vines are from the front block east, the oldest at Temperance, and their massive root systems go deep to deliver both high flavor and nuance to the limited yield.
Soil: Ancient, exposed basalt soils
Vinification: Small-lot wild yeast fermentations
Aging: 100% barrel aged for 19 months in French oak barrels (one new, three neutral). Bottled unfined and unfiltered
Deep red. Vibrant mineral- and spice-accented aromas of ripe red berries, incense and candied flowers pick up a hint of cola with air. Displays excellent clarity and depth, offering sappy raspberry and lavender pastille flavors joined by a suave touch of spicecake. Finishes impressively long and sweet, with smooth tannins and strong floral persistence.