growing season - the longest since at least 2012 . The long hang-time brought excellent flavor development, without over-ripeness as the berries retained high acidity and reached full phenolic maturity. The sugar levels were moderate as well.
Despite a warm February, the spring of 2018 was cooler than the past few vintages, meaning bloom lasted longer than it had in recent years – but fruit-set was excellent.
This set the pace for the grape growing season to continue ripening at decelerated pace. Very little rain or wind during the May flowering period let to a generous cluster count.
Summer temperatures were moderate with fewer heat spikes than in recent years. August was very much like ”the old days”— foggy, cool mornings with the sun not emerging until lunchtime. The only real weather concerns of the entire vintage was a heat spike in June during fruit set and a little rain in late September.
The fruit benefitted from the long growing season: the tannins were sweet, the color vibrant/intense and the aromas were very complex.
2018 was an exceptional, old school, vintage.
The grapes were naturally fermented and aged in high-quality neutral barrels to prevent reduction and enhance the wine’s texture.
Tasting notes: pronounced notes of lime and Meyer lemon complemented with hints of rosemary, white peach, grapefruit and jalapeno...great acidity and mouthfeel. Perfect pairing for pesto dishes, fish and salads – a real food wine!