Red cherry, rose hips, peony, hint of flatbread crust and a nuance of allspice greet the initial nose. Medium-bodied, with good length and just the right level of persistence (like when house guests stay the perfect number of days). I’m finding the extra time on lees with these small bottlings gives amazing texture and continuity of flavor while adding a bit more savory notes. The rounds absolutely match the structural angles. Surprisingly, this works well with fresh tomato-based zucchini/mozzarella casserole.
This is older-style viticulture in the area: Pommard clone on 5C rootstock with a wider spacing than is used currently. It perfectly matches the Huichica soils and local climate in the Santa Rosa plain between Santa Rosa and Sebastopol. 2019 was the last year on our contract with the vineyard and I needed to downsize the number of items in order to have more time to help with at our family vineyard in Alexander Valley. This is the last vintage for us from this fine site, which is now going by the name Lyrik. Look for other producers’ wines from this site in the future.