2009: The weather was ideal for growing ripe grapes!
The warm, dry, sunny weather that occurred in the latter half of May led to quick, even flowering in the early-ripening plots (close to the dates in 2003), while flowering in the later-ripening plots was more spread out and uneven further to a significant drop in temperature in early June. However, sunshine remained above average!
The weather was mostly good in July despite numerous storms that ended up accumulating water in certain plots. The ripening phase took place under perfect conditions. Sunshine and temperatures were above average throughout August and September, interrupted only by a few brief showers that had no adverse effect whatsoever.
Beautiful, very classic ruby-red. Strong liquorice, almost menthol overtones on the nose, going on to reveal tobacco nuances. Tasty, with hints of spice, toast, bitter cocoa, roasted coffee, and black fruit (black cherry). Rich, ripe tannin.