This is the original collaboration wine between Jay Somers and Ernst Loosen that started with the 2005 vintage, before the Loosen-Christopher partnership was official. It is a special selection of a few extraordinary barrels to produce a super-cuvée that is dense and powerful, yet retains the Old World style of elegance and finesse. The wine is not released until Jay and Ernst believe it is ready to drink. Very few cases produced.
VINEYARD Abbey Ridge (60%), Bella Vida. 12 year-old vines. Volcanic soils.
VINIFICATION 100% de-stemmed; native yeast fermentation; unforced malolactic; 18 months in barriques (25% new); no fining or filtration.