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The 2005 harvest was intense and lengthy, lasting from early August to mid-November. Luckily, our exhausting hours were rewarded with high quality grapes. Spring rains continued well into June—an unusual phenomenon in the Lodi region—promoting lush vine canopies (leaves and shoots). We hedged the vines to open the canopies and increase sun exposure on the fruit, resulting in perfect ripening. A period of heat in July gave way to mild late summer and fall temperatures. Mother Nature was kind; we had ideal weather during harvest. The ripening of the grapes was orderly and well timed, with a week’s respite between harvesting white and red varieties. Flavor maturity and overall quality of the grapes were excellent.
Lush aromas and velvety texture envelop vibrant dark fruit flavors. Briary blackberry character mingles with complex violet, cola and spices nuances. Smooth, elegant style.
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