The ancient Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, is credited with the famous quote, “The only thing that is constant is change.” Working in agriculture, one gets very comfortable with this concept and with the knowledge that change will show itself dramatically with some vintages more so than others. We’ve not seen a vintage like 2015, in terms of yield, since 2010 – although the characteristics of the 2010 and 2015 vintage growing seasons were quite different from each other.
The 2015 season was unusual in that the spring was particularly cool which produced a slightly uneven fruit set. The spring was followed by a typical summer but then came the string of very hot, late summer days. The elevated temperatures so late in the season meant we needed to be vigilant not only about the amount of water needed for the grapes (so they didn’t dehydrate in the heat) but also about watching the brix level carefully. We wanted to be sure the grapes were fully developing but, at the same time, not staying on the vine too long and overripening. It’s at times like these that we are profoundly grateful to have experts at the helm in our vineyard manager Jim Barbour and our winemaker Thomas Brown. The reward for our complicated dance with Mother Nature is the excellent quality of the 2015 fruit. The result is a 2015 GTS that is full, rich, and elegant with a finish that stretches on for miles.
We thank you for your continued support and we look forward to sharing the 2015 with you!
Tom & Nancy Seaver
This wine shows immediate hedonistic notes that are rich, complex, layered, and dynamic. Nearly opaque and dark purple in the glass, as you move in for a closer inspection, aromas of cured cedar bark, leather, cassis, nutmeg, and blackberry reduction emerge from the glass. The palate experience is velvety and lush, suggesting notes of cinnamon-dusted crushed blueberries, cocoa nib, lavender oil, crushed rock, pine bough, as well as lighter notes of graphite and black cherry. That contrast of light and dark gives this wine an abstract quality that resonates far longer than the extended finish. Over time this wine will age gracefully and develop into an even more refined expression as some of the youthful Diamond Mountain tannin mellows.
Thomas Rivers Brown