A compelling nose opens with fresh strawberry and Rose petal aromas, backed by hints of vanilla and ginger. A moderately weighted body leads with a supple entry meeting a bright minerality midway through. A clean acidity cuts the juicy summer fruit qualities on the finish.
The 2022 growing season started with early spring rains followed by ideal weather through spring and late summer. Harvest began on August 15 with white and early ripening red varieties showing bright acidity and mouth-watering freshness. In September a period of triple digit heat over several days pushed maturity on the vines, until a few days of rain provided a refreshing break and gave the later-ripening fruit some extra hang time to develop deep rich color, remarkable aromatics and exquisite flavors.
Fruit for this wine is harvested from various vineyards throughout Sonoma County, with 84% of the crop coming from our Estate Behler and Wild Oak Vineyards. These exceptional valley-floor vineyards provide defining varietal characteristics structured in the warm sun-soaked days and cool fog-laden evenings.
Estate Zinfandel, and Chardonnay were picked together at 20-22 Brix early in the cool morning and put directly into the press using the most gentle cycle. Only the free-run juice was collected and fermented at a cold temperature for 30 days. Once alcoholic fermentation was complete, the wine was racked to neutral red wine barrels for six months of aging. Rosé of Merlot and Mourvedre was added before bottling, and touching the blend up with a splash of Estate Marsanne brings harmony to the overall wine.