Polished and powerful with sweet ripe raspberry and white flower scents and a melange of flavors: blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, cherry, currant, plum tinged with dusty herbs and earth. It was delicious with several hours' decanting, but this wine's muscular tannin structure will show best with cellaring.
Nuanced to a fault. Has a seamless nature to it while incorporating a wide range of fruits and spices. Stronger finishing tannins than normal give it a gutsy gloss to the texture.
Planted on a north/northwest slope in 1986 this is the second oldest block in the vineyard. It is called the Etzel block since it faces our neighbor's (Mike Etzel) property and you can see him steaming around in his vineyard (Beaux Freres) quite clearly from most of this section. It still never ceases to amaze us how this vineyard produces such an array of flavors, textures and frameworks from the different sections. This particular block is so utterly different than anything else in the vineyard, including the younger vines planted between the older rows of the block that it still blows us away even though we are more used to it than anyone else.