|Amazingly dark and dense.
|Bright cherry/plum/raspberry red fruit aromas with spice and tea leaf.
|Bright plum and tea aromas over profound dense tarry notes
|Soft, round, feminine tannins, full fruit flavors.
|Surprising hardness and structure are possible on carefully selected site/clone combinations. Tannin is hard but fine and refined.
|Easy sipping -- soft acidity and moderate alcohol.
|Intense, closed wines with good acidity and ageing potential.
|Standard winemaking, 12-15 months in mixed oak.
|Classic Bordolais techniques, extended maceration.
|Vigor controlled by balancing 6-7 tons per acre to prevent vegetal aromas, resulting in available wines without much tannin or ageing potential.
|Clonal combinations and intensive viticulture can achieve remarkable density.
|Mid Valley heavy clays.
|Aggressive tannins characterize cool, breezy heavy clay sites. One cannot help thinking of the parallels with Pomerol, where the same conditions foster massive wines in that tiny appellation.