There are ripe raspberries and red plums with subtle notes of vanilla and
mocha on the nose. The palate is rich with berries and mocha fl avours with
a hint of pleasant herbaceousness. The tannins are plump and approachable,
the acid is in balance and the finish is medium to long with the flavour
persisting after the last sip.
An unusually cool Fall slowed down berry development, but the stony soil of
Dark Horse Vineyard was able to retain a bit more heat than other sandier soils
in the valley. The cooler temperatures were very kind to our Cabernet Franc
and Pinot Noir as they both display typical varietal character and are very
fruit forward. Chardonnay was another standout varietal as it has developed
both rich fl avours and structure. Overall, we expect it to be an above average
vintage for Darkhorse.
The fruit was gently put through the crusher/destemmer and placed into
a stainless steel tank. The wine was pumped over twice daily for the duration
of it’s 10-day fermentation. The wine was then pressed and transferred into
a special selection of French and American oak barrels where it went through
secondary fermentation. The wine was then aged for 16 months in barrels
before being transferred back into stainless steel tanks prior to bottling.
450 cases produced