This vintage of Eponymous Red Wine immediately pleases with complex aromas hinting of cassis, spicy oak notes, and raspberries. Held to the light one sees a rich, purple- scarlet color that hints at the broad palette these grapes afford the winemaker. Solid body and firm, well-balanced structure with the flavors following the aromas and added nuances of chocolate and rhubarb. This wine’s elegance and refinement starts with the lush entry and continues through the mid-palate and on to a long, pleasing finish. Food Pairing: Red meats and hard cheeses. Winemaker Notes: The grapes come from a single vineyard, MacAllister Vineyard, near the ridge of the Mayacamas Range on the Sonoma side of Mt. Veeder. This is a spectacular sloping site with multiple exposures and well drained, low fertility soils. The 2011 vintage was another challenge for winemakers with a cool finish to the harvest and a few bouts of rain that either forced early picking or elevated stress levels if one chose to wait them out. We were fortunate to pick both Merlot
and Cabernet Franc
at very good maturity levels and this hillside Cabernet weathered the rain beautifully, adding some good structure to the blend.