Tasting Notes: Dark purple, red color. Slightly sweet nose with spice and vanilla, black cherry and black berry aromas with bright berry acids. On the palate this wine is full, rich with big bright berry flavors settling into blackberry fruit, spice, toasted oak and hints of graham cracker, clove and vanilla. The mouth feel is lush and smooth on the entry, big and juicy on the mid-palate and finishes long with perfect balance of acid and tannins.
Cellaring: Because it is made from Red Mountain grapes this wine should age well for the next 15 to 20 years. Because it is mostly Obelisco fruit it is soft and inviting now.
Production: all the fruit for this wine is from Obelisco Vineyard. The high density planting yields smaller berries, which contribute to the concentrated flavors, yet the fruit from this vineyard always makes wines with luxurious tannins and mouth feel. Combine this with 22 months in 30% new oak and you get a wine that invitingly combines great fruit and oak.
Harvest notes: 2015 was another excellent, yet hot year. Once again the hot days seemed to wane just when we needed the nights to get cooler allowing the fruit to mature on the vine without getting to high of sugar content. The weather ended up lending to mature fruit without over development. The Red Mountain consistency seems to override even the oddest hot or cold years.
AVA: Red Mountain
Winemakers: Sarah Goedhart, Doug Long, Ken Abbott
Blend: 75% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Malbec, 8% Merlot
Vineyards: 100% Obelisco
Alcohol: 13.9% vol.
Barrels: 30% new oak; 100% French