On the nose Praetorian is exotic, layered and complex; Rainier cherries, lavender, sage, fresh rain on baked earth,
sweet tobacco, sous bois. While on the palate it is focused and well-structured, good body and precisely
balanced weight; fresh, driving acid provides liveliness; cottony tannins and explosive flavors; fruit interplays
with oak for a long, smooth, almost unending finish; plush and coating.
The cool wet spring of 2010 prolonged the flowering of the grapes, which caused uneven set in most grape varieties
in Templeton. By the time we were at 100% set we were approximately two and a half weeks behind our average time
of completion. The cool weather persisted during most of the summer which didn't allow the vines to "catch-up" to
historic ripening benchmarks, so by the time we got to veraison we were still two weeks behind the historical norm.
To balance out the uneven ripening we dropped all of the late-developing clusters so we wouldn't have underdeveloped
flavors when we picked, and also to focus the vines energy on the clusters most likely to ripen fully. As harvest
approached we received three significant rain events, leaving 5" behind in their wake, though intermittent periods of sun
and heat in the following weeks allowed our last lagging varietals to ripen beautifully. As most of the country experienced
record heat over the summer, the Central Coast was setting its own records, though for the coolest year in decades!