It is hard to hide my excitement over this nice, cool vintage in Alexander Valley. The weather allowed perfectly appropriate tannic structure to create a spine for the fleshy fruity parts to hang on to. This was harvested well before any of the fall rains arrived. At the moment before bottling, my tasting notes still stand consistent with those from the future offering: “Nice black, red and blue fruits are juxtaposed against appropriately firm structure and somewhat savory, earthy notes as well.” I would add that there is now a little more lavender perfume and spices, but this wine definitely has its own mind and is on its own course for a very long trajectory. I wish we had waaay more of this.