2015 Star Lane 'Astral', Star Lane Vineyard
WINEMAKER NOTES By 2012 we had discovered an increasing reliance on our own-rooted Cabernet Sauvignon vines to produce Astral. As a wine of selection, we look for key vineyard blocks, and key wine lots from those sections, that provide at once complete wines bearing the hallmarks of complexity, full texture, balance, length, and age ability combined with pure deliciousness. The own rooted Cabernet from three important sections of the vineyard (one the highest planted block at 1,500ft above sea level) continue to provide this fruit. On top of that we are able to improve complexity with a higher percentage of new French oak without it appearing to overwhelm the wine's character. The wine is rounded off by a couple of other key parcels to produce this special selection.
TASTING NOTES Seductive, restrained, and compelling. Those seem better ways to articulate the aromatics that emerge than to actually use specific fruit and herb descriptors. When sharing this wine with people from barrel it was amusing to observe their behavior. The wine's restraint seemed to evoke an initial puzzled expression - as if they expected more explosion, but then people could not refrain from continuing to smell and explore the wine. It compelled more investigation, drove contemplation, and minutes would go by before anyone would actually taste it as they seemed content to enjoy exploring its aromatics. Texturally, the wine is a bit more shy and less broad than either 2014 or 2013, but as one sits with the wine its depth is apparent. We expect this to age gracefully for years to come.