In 2018, Northern California experienced a dry winter. In May, after bud break, we received six inches of rain. Fast forward to the summer solstice in late June and we saw our first of many 100 degree days. The late rain combined with the heat created lush, fruitful vines. The heat calmed down after veraison and we had slow ripening and prolonged hang time which allowed the classic Kamen flavors to explode. All in all a terrific vintage!
Super fragrant, pure, defined and powerful! Aromas of ripe blackberries, black raspberries, wild plums, strawberries and cream and freshly cut hay wind through the glass. Hints of black pepper, roasted almonds, nutmeg, dried desert brush and minerality add complexity to this luscious wine. Intensely flavored, youthfully exuberant and seriously layered. Drink now and over the next 8–10 years.