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Robust in firm, integrated tannin, this wine is textured, lengthy and complex. Tangy red cherry, strawberry and pomegranate wrap around punchy acidity and structure with a stone-like minerality and elements of dried herb, cardamom and white pepper beckoning and developing in the glass.
Lovely aromas of rose petal, sage and blood orange zest elevate the core juicy fruit of pomegranate, Bing cherry and guava. The flavors echo the aromas with the addition of cranberry, pink grapefruit and an elegant minerality. Balanced acidity and fine tannins along with red fruit and earth flavors unfold across the palate, ending with a long, mineral-driven finish.
The 2018 was a terric vintage on the Sonoma Coast. Generous winter and early spring rains started the growing season with ample ground moisture. The weather overall was quite moderate. In fact, this was the latest harvest since 2011; beginning on August 28th, 2018. This allowed for even ripening and excellent flavor development, without excessive sugars.