Tasting Thoughts: 2012 was about the pursuit of flavor. With clear skies, we opted to let the fruit linger on the vine. The must was kept 30% whole cluster to support the tannins in the skins and balance the resulting higher alcohol. A new French oak barrel for aging helped round the palate out. At release, this wine retained the warmth and mellow character of those late September days. 80 cases produced.