Our seventh vintage from this site near Annapolis in the Northwestern corner of the Sonoma Coast AVA, I have become very comfortable with this area’s idiosyncrasies. It goes from under-ripe to over-ripe in a heartbeat. This is unfortunate because it is a long drive to and from the site to determine its readiness for harvest. Happily, Kirk Lokka, the vineyard manager for this all these years and I understand each other and this site very well.
This wines’ signature is a sesame/mincemeat sort of spiciness. This vintage exhibits its typical, richer-bodied self with more dark fruit than red fruit on the mouth. Nonetheless, it still has a mouth-watering, upward trajectory on the finish. Strangely and consistently, it has a very low pH for the amount of total acidity it has which allows it to have great freshness without tasting really sour.