Blueberry compote, spiced plum and chocolate aromas laced with savory notes of rosemary, sage, tobacco and shitake. The broad palate gives black licorice, toasted coconut, amerena cherries and ancho chile surrounding a firm backbone of tarry, dusty tannins. The finish is long and reminiscent of dark chocolate.
Fruit for the Reserve was sourced from our Estate vineyards, some of the oldest vines in the valley, in the newly designated Laurelwood District AVA. Barrels were selected from Ponzi’s Aurora, Abetina. Madrona and Avellana Vineyards for this Reserve blend.
All of the fruit was hand sorted and destemmed. Fermented in small lots with 5 days of cold soak to increase aroma and color, the peak temperatures reached 90 degrees. The fermenters were aerated or manually punched down twice a day (for 12-20 days) before undergoing a post-fermentation maceration to increase structure and length. This wine was aged in French oak barrels (40% new), for 20 months.
Pairs well with beef, veal, deer, venison, and poultry dishe