|Winery||Peter Michael Winery|
|Varietal(s)||76% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Cabernet Franc|
The nose offers elegant notes of cassis, black cherry, chocolate, licorice, cloves, cinnamon and an exotic touch of orange. In the mouth, the texture is velvety and loaded with black currant, liqueur of cassis, game, black berry liqueur, black olives, coconut, plum eau-de-vie, and an iron-like minerality. The mouth feel is round, refined, complex and meaty with an incredible length of finish.
Rocky red boomer loam, weathered from volcanic rock, 40% clay, 30% silt and 30% sand.
Unseasonably warm temperatures in early spring accelerated bud break by four weeks, then bloom through veraison benefited from moderate temperatures. Early use of drip irrigation was critical for the health of the vines. Meticulous canopy management and substantial crop thinning brought the vines into balance. Ideal Indian summer conditions allowed us to calmly harvest each block as it achieved optimal ripeness. Yields were higher than average.
The vineyard is planted in the foothills on the eastside of the valley on a raised gently sloping plateau. Between 500 and 600 feet, 14.5 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc look down upon the valley and across to the Mayacamas. The slope and hillside location provide ideal sun exposure during the day.