The growing season began with cold temperatures and snowfall in February and March. Bud break was right on time and bloom occurred a bit earlier than normal, on June 1st, thanks to some really nice weather in May.
Summertime temperatures were normal with plenty of heat units. In the second week of August, the weather became milder than normal and allowed us to have a fantastic fall with beautiful hanging time. Harvest started in mid-September and continued into early October. We got some frost the mid-October, but all of our grapes were picked by then. Characteristics of this vintage show wonderful acidity and impeccable balance.
The initial smell is met with dark and dense aromas, a hallmark of the vineyard. These are scents of cocoa, herbs, anise, cinnamon, dark cherry, plums and cedar shavings.
Upon tasting, the black and blue fruits are supported by allspice, sweet tobacco leaf, and savory saline characters. It is lush and plush with muscular tannins and a long, pleasant finish.
100% French Oak; 57% New, 43% Neutral
Vineyards: 100% Pepper Bridge
June 21st, 2021