Aromas of plum, cocoa powder and cherry cola. The 2004 SOLO is full bodied with a broad mid-palate texture full of dense dark red fruit flavor. Silky tannins help give the wine a long and lingering finish.
Following wet February weather, warm March temperatures forced early budbreak, and unusually dry spring conditions, plus a brief heat spike at the end of April, hastened flowering and kept vine vigor under control. Summer was moderate until picking time, when a brief hot spell jump-started what had been a gradual, if early, beginning to the harvest.
We picked at 25.3° Brix, with yields of 2.58 tons to the acre. Average 16 day maceration. The wine averaged 16 months in barrels, 32 percent new French oak. Overall blend - 85 percent French oak and 15 percent American. 1,446 cases were bottled.