Apex Vineyard 2021
2021 was a cool and extensive growing season and a dry year; almost two-thirds of the total rainfall occurred in one 72-hour period. The marine layer and cooler weather conditions delayed grape development, but sunny and warmer weather in September helped the vines catch up. Quality is very good, with grapes showing excellent phenolic development and lower ph levels.
After destemming and a three-day cold soak, fermentation took place in open-top stainless-steel tanks at a range of warm and cool temperatures. Aged for 11 months in 100% French oak with 18% new barrels.
Nose: Red fruit aromas, including raspberry, cherry, and cranberry, intermingled with notes of roses, dusty rock, olive, and toast.
Palate: Medium-bodied with forward, bright red cherry and raspberry flavors along with accents of red licorice, dried leaves, and new leather. Exceptional balance.