Our Grenache, Syrah, and Mourvedre are organically grown in several small vineyard blocks high
above Sonoma Valley on a sun-washed western slope of the Mayacamas Mountains. These blocks
comprise a tiny part of our 100-acre ranch, which borders and shares red, iron-oxide volcanic soils
with our neighbor, the highly acclaimed Monte Rosso Vineyard, a source of superb wines for well
over a century. We have situated our vines in the perfect spots for each variety. The Syrah and
Grenache are planted on the upper property, in a block we call Bobcat Run, which lies in a cool
hollow open to the southwest, with rows running north/south for good sun and warmth without
excessive exposure. The Mourvedre, a slower ripening variety, is on a steep and rocky sliver of
hillside with thin, well-drained soil and heavy exposure to the sun.
The weather during the growing season in 2014 was perfect for wine grapes, largely dry and warm,
but not overly hot. We were fortunate to have had such a great harvest on the heels of the excellent
2013 vintage. The weather was as good as one could expect. The growing season began early, with
a warm and dry spring, and the weather stayed beautiful all the way through an early harvest. The
quality and quantity of the fruit were exceptional. The grapes were handpicked between September
1, 2014 and September 23, 2014.
This wine opens with mellow notes of orange peel and allspice. Swirl the glass for a moment, and
you will start to uncover a hint of camphor and smoky pine resin. The palate is big and round,
opening with fat dollops of juicy purple fruit. Take a moment, and you will find the palate opening
up on characters of cola and black pepper, underscored by a mild savory flavor of warm confit.
Pause to consider the mouthfeel, gentle, rich with supple tannins that underscore the luxurious
nature of this wine. The finish is long and decadent, recalling the deep fruit flavors from the early
palate, along with the barest hint of black tea and vanilla.