Too hot and big

Ah, Frankie, Frankie. It’s the only real strike against Elephant Mountain – this vineyard is just a little too hot for this varietal compared to our last vineyard, where it was absolutely transcendent. Here, it makes a fine beverage, but you have to really watch it (and pick a lot earlier than anyone else) or it’ll get too baked (cooked fruit), and that really plows under the varietal beauty. All that said, I think I may have figured out how to work with this vineyard’s fruit – the 2014 is smelling really beautiful, so my hopes are high.

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