The influence of the cool vintage shows with the distinctively different harvest date for the Hagges’ estate selection of clones. In 2011, the pick of the Salmon-Safe blocks was Oct. 23. A year later, it was Oct. 2. The nose offers hints of fresh red cherry juice, and blueberry with sweet herbs, woodruff and black truffle. Flavors of cherry and strawberry dominate, leading to a structure of red currant skin tannins and pomegranate acidity. There’s a touch of sweetness, a pinch of patchouli and kiss of chocolate in the finish. Suggested pairings include Cassoulet, Chicken Cordon Bleu as well as Thyme and Marjoram-Crusted Chicken.
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