2016 was a near perfect growing season with warm days and cool nights in the summer allowing grapes to maintain ideal acid levels with balanced, concentrated fruit flavors. The grapes were hand harvested October 1 – October 8 and hand-sorted before undergoing a shortened maceration averaging 16 days due to the intensity of color and tannins. After fermentation, the wine was gently pressed, racked and aged for 20 months in 100% French oak, 33% new. Tightly grained French oak barrels from forests in the center of France impart their oak on wines slowly for a consistent, well-rounded aging process while yielding subtle oak influences. The result is a balanced wine that is a true expression of its Sonoma County terroir.