The 2021 growing season was very typical through early spring with warm days and cool nights. Early summer through harvest gave us some unexpected heatwaves but plenty of marine breezes and mild weather prevailed. The result was a slight delay of harvest while we waited for acidity, pH and brix to balance creating mature flavors.
After harvest, vineyard lots were fermented individually in stainless-steel tanks for 10- 14 days. Extended macerations and carefully managed pump overs enhanced the extraction of color and tannin. The lots were aged separately for 10 months in a combination 15% once used French Oak and 85% neutral French and American oak. The initial blend was assembled in mid-Summer 2022 and aged an additional three months in 95% new French Oak. The wine was racked only twice during its cellar life, with the final racking occurring just prior to bottling.