2016 Checkerboard Aurora Vineyard
There's a fresh, sweet aroma to the 2016 Checkerboard Aurora Vineyard that builds excitement and anticipation for what's to come. On approach, the palate is juicy and expansive and explodes with flavors of blackberry, mulberry, dark cherry, caramel, leaf tobacco and green olive. The wine continues with a voluptuousness that's linear and constant yet lifted by natural acidity. The finish is showy, long and lingering with finely polished tannins. An exceptional vintage.
2016 Checkerboard Coyote Ridge Vineyard
A hallmark of the Coyote Ridge Vineyard wines is the complex and co-mingled aromas of fruit, floral and perfume. The 2016 vintage remains true to the vineyard with nuances of lavender, rose petals, cherries, ripe raspberry, and chocolate. Although the silky tannins present themselves as deliciously sweet, the wine is high-toned with sufficient acidity to carry its broadness all the way through to a lengthy finish.
2016 Checkerboard Nash Creek Vineyard
Always deep and intriguing, the wines of Nash Creek Vineyard have an unmatched intensity both visually and on the palate. The fruit is black and briary and unlike anywhere on the Estate. This vintage is spice-forward with additional notes of dusty cocoa, cola, cedar, blackberry and boysenberry showcased in a wine of incredible structure. It's lifted by the site's minerality and natural acidity and is worthy of any collector's cellar.