This vineyard has always shown intense concentration of flavors due, in part, to the miniscule yields we receive. Tobacco, plum, and eucalyptus-mint dominate this wine with plenty of flesh and a firm balanced structure of acid and fine-grained tannins.
100-year-old Oakley vineyards are dry-farmed and head-pruned as they were a century ago. Hot sun, sandy soil, and cool evening air from the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers produce a stunning, concentrated harvest.
Harvested at high natural sugar levels and treated gently in the cellar to emphasize the explosive fruit characteristics of the vineyard block. Lightly crushed, leaving a large proportion of whole berries. Fermented at moderate temperatures, pressed and barreled for 12 months in 35% new French oak.