A wine for now and for later: When I transferred this from the barrels to the bottling tank a little over a year ago, I was very excited to see that the wine retained so much of its forward, youthful fruitiness from the underlying fruit material rather than those short-lived esters from fermentation. It’s the more stable grape-derived material that stays with the wine during its journey through middle-age and beyond, somewhere between eight and sixteen years of age.
On the other hand, there is tremendous depth to the wine’s more latent aspects which are also grape-derived (mostly thru extraction of solid grape material): There seems to be a kernel to this wine that is reminiscent of how flavors come out of a lemon drop candy. It’s like you feel the hard candy in the center of your mouth, but the location where the flavors show themselves are in the dissolved, non-solid part like a halo. It’s that kernel that replenishes the flavor pool. This wine seems kind of like that (however with different flavors than a lemon-drop). I’m excited about this wine in that it has the potential to make friends early on as well as to develop into something more interesting and complex in a graceful fashion for years to come. Its message should echo for many years and as it does, it should change from the crystal-clarity of the initial message, gaining interest as it diffuses and resonates over time realizing a kind of self-harmony.