This wine is big bodied with good tannic structure and giant flavors of cherries, vanilla, and dark roast coffee.
Contra Costa County provides the Lion’s Share of the grapes for this blend. The sunny and warm climate coupled with deep sandy soil and limited rainfall create grapes of great flavor intensity and dark color.
The North Coast Merlot provides a bright cherry and herbal character and excellent tannin.
The individual lots of grapes were harvested separately according to ripeness and balance of acidity. The grapes underwent total de-stemming and a very gentle crushing to ensure a large proportion of whole berries in the must. Fermentation was carried out in stainless steel with native yeasts at controlled temperatures. The grapes were pressed at dryness then settled for ten days and racked to 30% new French oak with a dark toast level for eight months.