2005 presented a near perfect vintage with a long moderate season and a cool September pushing harvest into the third week of October and ending in early November. The Madder Lake Vineyard is located directly north of Mount St. Helena, perched at 1800 feet in the northern reaches of the folded and craggy Mayacamas Range. Littered with truck-sized boulders, stone and cobble of all sizes, this is a seriously steep and rocky vineyard with exceptional drainage and north/northwestern exposures. The proximity of Clear Lake and the orientation of the vineyard maximize the potential of this site. This vineyard is planted with a Ribera del Duero selection of Tempranillo. The fruit is loosely clustered with thick skins that collaborate to create wine with monumental structure and inky black fruit.