A cool spring in 2010 delayed the growing season and pushed harvest back by two weeks. The crop load looked good and the vines were well-balanced going into the summer. Vineyard crews removed fruit affected by an August heat wave, except for one small heat wave after that, the summer days were moderate. This fruit experienced a long hang time as we waited for flavors to fully ripen towards the end of October
The beauty of the Martin Stelling Vineyard is that it consistently produces excellent wines. This wine opens with jammy blackberry and cassis fruits with underlying chocolate and cedar flavors. The French oak pairs beautifully with the fruit, offering layers of spice, toast, and vanilla. These layers build across the palate in a rich and chewy texture before the tannins melt away to a juicy finish.
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