2018 Addendum

Oak Regime:  80% french oak, 20% American oak
Alcohol:  14.0%

"This is only our second year making the Addendum blend, which is comprised of 80% Merlot and 20% Cabernet Franc. The Addendum was meant to reflect a “Right Bank” or Merlot dominant style of our flagship wine, Nota Bene. The wine opens with aromas of red fruit, vanilla and dusty cocoa. Although subtle in its youth, the nose will evolve to show deep dark chocolate and black cherry given the oppor-tunity to age further in bottle. On the palate one detects flavors of juicy black plum and cherry, as well as fresh vanilla bean from the barrel aging. This wine has medium body, tannin and acid, and leaves a slight spicy herbal note on the finish, similar to bay leaf or white pepper. If you are drinking this wine tonight, decant it for an hour and enjoy it with beef short ribs, or cellar it for up to 10 years in the right conditions."
Graham Pierce, Winemaker

A hot spring and warm and dry 2018 summer had the vineyards well advanced and in great condition leading in to the fall. Following this, a very cool August and September slowed ripening to a crawl. Thankfully dry conditions and a lack of frost events allowed the grapes to achieve ripe and pure fruit flavours, while still retaining fresh acidity and great fruit aromas. White wine grapes were harvested slightly later than average but still achieved great flavour ripeness and balance.