100 cases, bottled August 2020
Dark, brooding perfume unapologetically dominates the aromatics: violets, bergamot, blue cornflower, and potpourri. On the palate, black cherry fruit is combined with a creamy, textural element of Greek yogurt or taffy. The palate’s juiciness integrates seamlessly with the supple, developed tannins. Originating from Fronton, in Southwest France, Négrette was known and grown in California for more than a century as “Pinot St. George”. It was often co-planted with Zinfandel to lend coloring in colder California regions, and only a few acres were ever wholly dedicated to this grape, mostly in San Benito County. Fermented 100% whole-cluster and aged in puncheon, this was our first experience working with the grape. We look forward to watching this wine evolve, and expect it to drink well 10+ years from now.
93 pts, Wine Enthusiast, Editors' Choice