“Aromas of dark chocolate, cherry and currant are joined by hints of vanilla and clove. The aromatics carry through the rich and balanced palate. This is a complex wine that culminates in a long and silky finish.”
– Marcus Notaro, Winemaker
Vintage The 2003 growing season began with a typical bud break in early April. Bloom followed in early June. Warm, dry weather conditions during this phase (the start of fruit maturation) contributed to the uniformity of berry maturation at the end of the season. High heat accumulation during late summer created excellent ripening conditions. Very modest precipitation in August and September cooled the vineyards and slowed down the ripening process. At harvest, vineyards across the Columbia Valley had excellent physiological maturity and flavor development across varietals. The 2003 vintage marks one of the best growing seasons in history, especially for red varietals.
The Wine Advocate