Winemaker's Tasting Notes
The fresh bright red hue with purple edges leads into aromas of black cherry with hints of raspberry and black plum. The mouth opens with delicious vanilla and mocha merged with the same cherry and plum found on the nose. Enticing traces of graphite and a mineral essence build down the length of the mouth, joining pomegranate and more vanilla in the finish. Enjoy now through 2030.
–Tasting Notes by Winemaker Nick Goldschmidt
Appearance medium+ ruby/purple
Aromas cassis, black cherry, blackberry, cinnamon stick, star anise, leather, rose
Palate cherry, bakers chocolate, black tea, handsome tannins, long finish
Food Pairing Suggestions
pepper-crusted tuna steak, NY strip or roasted lamb and duck, roasted cremini mushrooms, creamed spinach and potatoes au gratin. Or try a rich, cream sauce over veggie stuffed enchiladas, firm, semi-firm, or hard cheeses with a bit of age, including Gouda and Cheddar or Manchego and Petite Basque.
Purchase a case and enjoy the evolution of this wine through 2040
93 points – James Suckling
Lone Tree Vineyard
About The Vineyard
Lone Tree is a 3-acre parcel just north of Geyserville. Facing east at an 800’ elevation, the site avoids hot afternoon temperatures. It’s cooler than valley floor sites, ripening at a slow pace. Sitting above the fog line, this Alexander Valley vineyard gets abundant sunshine during the growing season. This longer hang-time translates into more complexity and depth. Dry farming and cane pruning are a critical technique to achieving smaller berries, less dense clusters, an open canopy, and even ripening. Depth and power are signature markers of this remarkable vineyard.
2019 will always be remembered the floods in March and the fires in October. Amazingly neither event affected the quality of the vintage. Although different to 2017 and 2018, the quality is truly outstanding yet again. A cool start, a warm ripening season and then a beautifully paced picking schedule. This allowed a smoothly paced vintage with all wines receiving 100% complete focus with no rush.
Barrels: 100% French, tight grain, 50% new
Aging: 24 months