Heat in March got the ball rolling and set the stage for an early season. Then May turned cold at flowering time, effecting set. The resulting scraggly clusters of tiny berries were intensely delicious. Between the ongoing drought and cold temperatures during bloom, the 2015 crop was also much smaller than average. Heat in August and September brought the grapes in for one of the earliest harvests on record.
The juicy flavors lean more toward the purple and black end of the Cabernet spectrum in 2015, with cassis, black plums and marionberries dominating. With time in the glass, Bing cherries and blueberries emerge for a symphony of flavor. A pretty violet and dried rose perfume is beginning to develop, and savory spice notes and lifting minerality round out this charmer. – Cathy Corison