Limited production wines showcasing the uniqueness of Sonoma County.
The climate of the Russian River Valley is greatly influenced by fog that rolls in each evening from the nearby Pacific Ocean. This marine layer cools the vineyards down from their daytime temperature by as much as 35 to 40 degrees, creating a condition that allows the grapes to ripen slowly. Steven’s Vineyard, where this year’s fruit comes from, has gravelly soils that help the fruit retain a high level of natural acidity for balance.
The 2017 growing season presented smaller grape clusters with smaller berries and a
lower yield, all of which contributed to excellent concentration. The grapes matured at a slow pace and harvested slightly later than the 2016 vintage. With an extra week or two of maturation, the vines developed a lush, voluminous palate that is very well balance and finely tuned because of the fruit’s high level of natural acidity. With this excellent crop of fruit, we were very selective about the barrels and toast level we
used for aging.
10 months in French oak, 20% new oak