“Characters of intense purple fruits and purple olive tapenade. This has an edge of mint and roasted herbs with sweeter oak spices and a deep- set slate-like minerality. The palate has a rounder feel with a thread of rich plums, black cherries and chocolate. Some cola-like notes to close. Drink or hold.” - James Suckling, JamesSuckling.com, May 2018
The 2015 growing season was marked by pleasant weather with little pressure from heat spikes or unseasonable rain. A dry winter, common in recent years, was quickly followed by an equally dry spring, leading to an early bud break and fast start to the growing season. Warm weather continued throughout late spring and summer, allowing for the steady and sure development of flavors. The overall quality, complexity and balance in the vines produced exceptional fruit for winemakers. The impact of the continuing drought was evident in slightly lighter crop loads, but the reduction in size was offset by an increase in quality.