2012 Climax 1.5L
55% Zinfandel, 18% Cabernet Franc, 18% Petite Sirah, 6% Syrah & 3% Viognier
Visual stimulation is introduced by a deep garnet hue. Arousing aromas of extracted spiced berry build to a mouthful of flavors: soaking wet dark berry, exotic spice, succulent cocoa and bursting cherry. Sensual oak textures penetrate in and out of the tasting experience. Satin-smooth tannins welcome the extended finish. Pair with fresh oysters, avocado or olives.
Briary blackberry aromas and flavors punctuate this profound blend and provide a richness of depth and complexity from start to finish. Red raspberry, blackberry and blueberry fruit run the gamete and mix delicately with fresh grated nutmeg, rich cocoa and subtle oak to build an intrinsic compilation of mouth-watering character. The crushed velvety finish softens to a silky remnant, tickling your desire for more.
Individual lots are aged separately and artfully blended 6 months prior to bottling.
Lush cocoa wrapped blueberry aromas burst out of the glass as you swirl, arousing the bouquet. A mouthful of complexity starts with silky textures which weave with sensational flavors of dark fruit and exotic spices. This blend amplifies the homage to Sonoma County's diversity of wine grapes grown. "Pick the best grapes from the best locations" was my early winemaking instruction, adding, "and don't screw it up!" This has rung true throughout my winemaking career and the Climax blend represents the best from these amazing Sonoma County Vineyards.
20% New French Oak, 10% New American Oak and once filled barrels from carefully selected coopers.