This rocky, hillside vineyard is quite consistent at producing wines of tremendous concentration both in flavor and texture, and the 2016 vintage is a delicious example of this. The dark berry and cocoa notes in the aromas foretell the intensity of flavor at first taste. With blackberries, cassis, chai tea, and cocoa powder flavors completely intertwined, the texture is surprisingly approachable even at release.
Midpalate structure and concentration melt into supple tannins as the fresh fruit and spice flavors carry the finish with a sense of lush, juicy red cherries.
The Lindstrom’s Estate Nicali Vineyard, in Stags Leap District, was harvested entirely by hand in small batched between September 24 and October 5, 2016. The fruit was destemmed, lightly crushed, and fermented in separate lots, left on skins for an average of 3 weeks prior to pressing, then allowed to age in French oak barrels for approximately 19 months. The wine was bottled without fining or filtration in May, 2018.