Bud break arrived early in 2010. The young flowering grapes found an unseasonably wet and chilly spring which caused slow development. Late spring rains also prompted many growers to pull leaves and open up vine canopies. This exposed the fruit to drying breezes and sunlight and helped to prevent mold and fungal growth.
The summer of 2010 followed the cold weather trend of the spring. The valley saw plenty of fog and wet weather further retarding maturation. As a whole, the summer was noticeably cooler than many in Russian River’s recent history.
An August heat spike allowed a maturation spike and most grapes were able to catch up to where should be in the growing season.
In September the grapes reached full maturity and long cool spring and summer resulted in balanced flavors and subtle aromas.
PALATE: Bright and clean with deeply layered flavors of raspberry and rhubarb which give way to flavors of cinnamon and chocolate. The finish is long and clean with balanced tannins, acidity and oak.