2017 axr sleeping lady|3 pack
The 2017 vintage started with big winter rain and flooding that made us predict a fairly large berry size. We had very early heat waves in April with some heat waves reaching 90/95 that started stressing the vines fairly early in the season. Late in the season, we had ten days of extreme heat with temperatures over 105-degree days in September. The growing season was able to stay in balance due to the winter rain which gave us a lot of vegetative growth that ended up having high water needs but the heat spells in spring and summer kept the plant in a stressful environment which prevented the plant from creating large berries, however, we ended up with an average berry diameter which gave us very nice extraction. We harvested all of our fruit by the first week in October, which was lucky because on October 9ththe big fires started. Big rains, big heat spells and then a big fire. As we say in French, “without struggle; there is no glory.” In 2017, we had plenty of struggles, but the quality of the vintage is stunning, and we believe it is one of the greatest vintages we’ve had since 2002.
on the rim: deep, shiny cranberry with Ferrari red
on the nose: beautifully subtle notes of pine, cedar, cinnamon, blueberry pie, cola, violet and sage
on the palate: soft, velvety entrance lingering on a silky mid-palate evolving on a structured finish with granular tannins, cherry, plum, fern and fresh cut elderberries