Smoky notes rise from the glass opening to dark cherry, strawberry
and cocoa powder with a hint of subtle baking spice. There is a luscious blast of black
cherry on the palate, with oak notes and pleasing mouthfeel. Herb and oak
show midway through the palate and carry through to the smooth finish.
Bing cherry and Sequoia strawberry fruit characters with a hint of peppercorn.
The cherry-head barrel seemed to concentrate these aromas and give the
wine a deeper burgundy hue, mouth watering fruit flavors, and a more
opulent texture and finish compared to traditional 100% oak barrels.
This wine is gorgeous, leaning toward an elegant, red-fruited style rather than the typical
Californian profile of dark ripe berries. The oak is likewise subtle in character, with a
lighter toast profile that accentuates rather than masks the fruit, while adding length
and texture to the palate. Packaged in heavy glass and sealed with antique-gold wax.
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