Color: Deep Ruby
Aroma: Black berries
Taste: 2010 was the first of two cooler vintages that benefited our vineyard with a longer more even growing season. Extended hang times and smaller crop size lead to added richness, bouquet and flavor development in the finished wine while still maintaining the elegance we strive to deliver with each vintage. The deep ruby color displays a sense of density that bodes well for the complexity yet to come. A savory nose of cola and black berries is accented by a bright raspberry note and a hint of spice is similar to earlier vintages but with a bit more concentration. On the palate the black fruit and spice take center stage surrounded by a silky mouthfeel and rich tannic core accented by our normal level of natural acidity for brightness and structure. The supple finish is layered with both black and red berries playing off one another in concert with finely grained tannins to capture the essence of well balanced flavor and texture. This 2010 Metamorphosis promises to dazzle all of our Jaffe Estate fans!
Growing Season: Rainfall returned after three dry years, pushed bud break, flowering and fruit-set back by at least two weeks at the front end of the growing season, and due to the cloud cover, there was no frost damage in 2010. The summer brought cooler than normal temperatures, where constant vigilance and rigorous canopy management averted mildew or pest problems. The ten-day to two-week lag continued into a later than average veraison. The relatively cool growing season coupled with the unexpected heat spikes in late summer resulted in a late and shortened harvest with lower yields. Vintners were excited about what they were tasting from the vineyards--concentrated flavors that will materialize into elegant, structured wines, almost European in style.