Admittedly, I love this variety when it expresses its best characteristics: Hedonism and nuance in equal measure. I have come to see 2012 as a very good vintage in Sonoma County overall, favoring the later, more tannic varieties a bit more when compared to vintages just before and following. Green and black olive nuances give way to seductive perfumes and haunting dark, tarry bass notes. The mouth is very full and round but reined in by appropriate acidity and tannin (structure). Not at all sweet, it is simply very round, full and engaging and in balance with its angular side. Aging for three years on its lees in older cooperage without racking gives the wine plenty of texture and subtle nuance without robbing its trust fund of oxygen appetite for the long-term proposition for its bottle voyage. Lavender, herbal and floral notes really gain with time in the glass as do those sneaky red fruit nuances that make us salivate. This site being a slightly warm pocket in a very cool region defines the parameters. As we have seen, not every vintage is warm enough or dry long enough into the fall to make this kind of wine. But we will gladly accept those rare vintages for the vintages where this is possible and make more rosé when it is extremely cool or the fall rains begin earlier than usual.