The cold, wet spring of 2003 generated a lighter than normal fruit set, and allowed most of the fruit for this wine to be farmed with no irrigation. The blend is predominantly merlot, grown on Hyde Vineyard's shallow loam over clay; ten percent is cabernet sauvignon. Oak enhances the lean texture of Carneros merlot, without obscuring the scents of red fruit and earth. The wine's high notes of cherry contrast an elegant, chanterelle-like savor, a compelling balance with cool, earthy tones that last. Its complexity will develop further in the years to come, the wine enjoyable anywhere along the way with a dry-aged steak.
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