92 Points

Harvest Date August 29th

Harvest Brix 25.0

Growing Season The 2015 vintage began in late winter due to unseasonably warm temperatures leading to an early bud break, and thus an elongated growing season. Overall yields were lighter than average with smaller cluster and berry size as a result of cooler temperatures during bloom and the third consecutive year of drought. The resultant wines show increased concentration of flavors with wonderful balance and round textures.

Winemaking

Hand-harvested, picked at night
Hand-sorted while still cold from the field; 5% whole cluster inclusion
Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts
Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel
5-day cold soak, 15 day maceration
Gentle punchdowns and pumpovers
Aged 11 months in French oak barrels; 63% new
Coopers: Francois Frères, Cadus, Damy, Louis Latour, Leroi, Remond, Atlier
Unfined and unfiltered; bottled August 2016