Received a score of 90 Points from Robert Parker.
Our fourth vintage of Lot 1 offers dense purple-blue tones with tremendous teeth-staining potential! Recommended drinking time is one to two years after release, maximum suggested aging is seven years after release. As an unfiltered wine our 2001 Lot may show sediment in both bottle and glass. Only 48 cases produced!
Aromas are reminiscent of blueberry preserves, vanilla bean and turmeric with hints of sweet oak spice. Dense round palate-coating tannins are balanced by sweet cherry, rich blackberry, French roast coffee, pipe tobacco and floral tones, with hints of earth and dark chocolate leading to the lengthy finish.
Rattlesnake Acres, an old, head pruned vineyard northeast of Calistoga with a reputation for concentrated fruit again provided the base of Petite Sirah. Our estate vineyards north of St. Helena provided Petite Verdot and Zinfandel. Noted for it┬Æs well-drained alluvial soils our family vineyard produces complex wines with defined fruit flavors.
The 2001 growing season produced a classic vintage with slightly below normal rainfall, followed by a warm June and a typical Northern California summer weather pattern of warm days and cool nights for the remainder of the season. The results were early ripening, and a slightly early harvest with moderate crop levels and classic varietal character.