The 2014 “MDC” puts forth a rustic, earthy nose with stewed black fruits and tobacco leaf. A deep, concentrated mid-palate with chewy tannins is followed by a velvety finish characteristic of this site. Pair with robust meat dishes such as lamb or steak, or with roasted game bird.
The warm, dry summer and fall in 2014 provided plentiful ripe, clean fruit. Hand-harvested grapes are de- stemmed. Both commercial and indigenous yeast are used. The cap is punched down twice daily by hand. After gentle pressing the wine ages 9 months in French oak, 15% new. After natural malolactic fermentation the wine ages 9 more months in neutral oak before bottling.