|Drinking Start Year||2016|
|Drinking End Year||2018|
Youthful, vibrant red and blackberry aromatics combine with cracked black pepper on the nose, while the palate has a crunchy, appetizing cherry character. This concentrated, fruity core is allied with violets, toasted almonds, and spice. Refreshingly vigorous, mouthwatering acidity, and soft tannins, lead to a sustained peppery strawberry / balsamic finish. Best served slightly chilled.
2013 started off well with a mild winter, and bud break was only slightly delayed by the cool spring. The warmth of August and September balanced the slow arrival of summer heat and dryness.
October's on-average warmer daytime temperatures, combined with cooler nights, helped to increase sugars while maintaining good acidity in the fruit. There was little mildew concern despite summer/fall humidity, and pest pressure was low as well.
Thanks to the higher overall moisture levels of the growing season, we had greater crop volumes in most whites and quick-ripening reds. Early fall frosts allowed for fast grape desiccation in later-ripening reds, leading to excellent flavour concentration. Harvest dates were near Stratus-normal. Winter arrived precipitously and with it, a record icewine harvest.