It wasnít your idea to come to the Blue Ridge Mountains this late in the season, but the Fraser firs and late ripening blackberries are a delight. The kitchen is steeped 100 prior tenantís rituals, the scents of black tea, clove oil, creosote and bruised spearmint combine wondrously with your old fashioned made with proper marchino and Angostura. The plan is to write, but tonight you indulge in a sunset, heavy cinnamon spiked hot chocolate and the cool, piped in water, while somewhere an organ plays.
Vineyard Notes: Alta Colina (Adelaida Road), Derby Vineyard (Live Oak Road), Pipestone Vineyard (Niderer Road)
Production: 14 barrels
Decant for two hours. Serve slightly below room temperature. Aging potential 7-10 years.
Appellation: Westside Paso Robles
Aging: 22 months if French oak. 51% second fill barriques, 33% neutral puncheons, 16% neutral barriques
Fermentation: 1.5 ton open top fermentors with 20% whole cluster fruit
Alcohol %: 15.4
Robert Parker: 91 points