Vineyard and Region Information: Rattlesnake Rock was the first of our vineyard blocks to be planted in 2000. It consists primarily of an Alban Cote Rotie field selection with some other selections and clones. This exposed and often windy vineyard is located between 1300-1400 ft elevation with the steep South and South/West facing rows oriented North-South with 8x4 ft spacing. The soils are a high iron content shale and sandstone with shallow clay loam topsoil.
Vintage Notes: 2018 was a year that defied all expectations. Acid levels were through the roof. After multiple drought vintages where sugar could jump 3 brix in less than a week (the difference of 2% alcohol!), they barely moved over two to three weeks heading into harvest. This made it a winemakers harvest where we could really fine tune the pick dates.
Wine Notes: The nose is an amazing melange of violets, lavender, black wild berry, charcuterie and crushed rocks and cigar box. Intense and expansive after hitting center palate with fine grained tannins melted into the wild berry fruit. Fruit gets deeper blue with high toned pen ink notes with savory spice and earth notes. No doubt the 100% whole cluster lifts these aromatics. The finish sails on and on with a surprising sustain and power. 24 hours later: the nose is far more savory and spicy with less overt fruit. On the palate the savory elements dominate in a really good way. No doubt this wine has a very long life ahead of it. Give it air time if you enjoy soon!