Shimmering ruby red, with enticing components of dried rose petal, sage, cigar box and toasted fennel come through initially while delicate hints of candied cranberry, dried mushrooms and apple cider linger in the background. The mouthfeel is lush and velvety, with prickly tannins that deliver lift and gorgeous texture to a cohesive and elongated finish.
The Sandy’s block is named in honor of Ron Melville’s sister and was deliberately planted on the extremely sandy northwest section of our east vineyard. Sandy’s has performed heroically over the years particularly when considering its extreme location combined with the poor, well drained soils of this section. This block also contains clonal material representative of our new era of plantings and includes selections from Calera (Clone 90) and clones 37, 459 and 114. These four selections, when planted on sand, produce wildly intense and pretty aromatics with a very ethereal and harmonic palate impression.