Characteristic aromas/flavors: Aromas of cranberry and Chambord punctuated by notes of coriander, rose, juniper berry, brown sugar, and Douglas fir. Flavors of blueberry, sour cherry, cedar, and savory elements come through on the palate.
Structure: Juicy acidity, earthy texture, and supple yet substantial tannin structure.
Fruit destemmed, with 70% whole berries in tank. Cold soaked at 48°F for 5-7 days. Fermented in open top tanks with manual punch downs. Removed from skins just before end of fermentation.
9 months in barrel, 33% new French oak. No racking out of barrel until blending prior to bottling.
The Vineyard: Champ de Rêves Vineyard
This spectacular vineyard is perched high above Boonville in the hills of Anderson Valley, just 18 miles from the Pacific coastline. Boone Ridge is a veritable aerie, with sweeping views of the valley below. A wide array of aspects in the vineyard creates multiple mesoclimates, each displaying unique characteristics as these relatively young vines continue to age.
AVA: Anderson Valley
Acreage: 85 acres
Clones: 667, 777, 115
Date Planted: 2006
Elevation Range: 1,400-1,800 feet
Spacing: 7x4 and 8x4
Soils: Moderate to shallow loam soils derived primarily from Franciscan sandstone.
Winemaker: Eric Johannsen