Vineyard: Wolcott-Bevill is just off Dry Creek road on a hill with south eastern exposure. The vines are about 30 years old and trellised. The soils are typical for Dry Creek Valley Cortina type-yellow/ red with fine structure and relatively less fertile and shallow.
Vintage: The 2021 harvest year was near perfect for growing grapes and a second year of a lighter than normal crop. The berry size was smaller than average delivering exceptional flavors, intense color, beautiful grapes, fruit forward and ripe. The season started early and cold and it was void of long, lingering heatwaves leading to relatively early to normal harvest dates with most grapes ripening at the same time.
Winemaking: The grapes were harvested early morning still cold from the night and de-stemmed only with no crushing and fermented in 1/2t open top bins with punch downs. The fermentation was very slow due to relatively low temperature but eventually it finished dry. The wine was aged in 25% new French oak barrels for about 17 months. Before bottling 10% Petite Sirah from the same vineyards was blended in as well.