Similar to the vintage conditions experienced at the King vineyard, this site also tended toward a more plush, deeper-toned presentation in 2014. Vintages 2007 and 2009 exhibited similar tendencies here as well. There are nuances of red beets, lightly smoked meats, red and blue fruits along with the normal perfumes this site exhibits of plum blossom, maraschino cherry, and fresh red, blue and black fruits. While it has still firm structure with surprising and welcome acidity, the nearly RRV-like plushness envelops its bones nicely at this time yet should develop very well in the long run as well.
Lew Platt, who envisioned, financed and supported this project had the means to do whatever he pretty much chose to do. Luckily for us, he invited us to become a ground-floor participant in his project, with the option of selecting whatever clones/selections we chose (within reason) for our allocated blocks. Tragically, he suddenly died weeks before he could even see or taste a ripe grape from this project.
I chose clones for my designated areas that performed well in warmer as well as cooler vintages that might be experienced at this coastal site. I am grateful for this opportunity and for my choices a decade and a half ago. It’s good to be lucky. These choices were lucky and the results are good. While others own this site these days: Lew, this is for you, man.