TASTING NOTES: COLOR: an intense ruby red. AROMA: rich and ripe with notes of plums, cherries, vanilla, and chocolate. FLAVOR: a supple wine, the ripe red fruit and spice define a complex structure, properly tannic but balanced and flavorful as well. TECHNICAL NOTES: The grapes were harvested at high levels of ripeness during the first week of September, After pressing, the period of skin contact, managed with soft and delicate extraction techniques, lasted fifteen days and took place in stainless steel fermentation tanks. During this phase, the wines finished their sugars at temperatures held to a maximum of 79° Fahrenheit (26° centigrade). After being run off its skins, the wine went through a complete malolactic fermentation in French and Hungarian oak barrels, where it aged for ten months. A further eight month period of bottle aging preceded commercial release.