2019 Dark Horse
Paul Dolan is a Biodynamic farming pioneer, and his home ranch, Dark Horse, showcases the expression of this craft exquisitely. The 70-acre farm is teeming with life: horses, sheep, chickens, beneficial insects, and hundreds of different plant varieties call this ranch their home. The vines are robust, and although it’s dry farmed, the soil is bursting with organic matter, which keeps the vineyard healthy and fruitful. Farming here is as much art as it is science, and the result creates a truly special wine from a truly special place.
Like the vineyard, this vintage is teeming with vibrancy and life. The nose is pleasantly typical GPS, with notes of cocoa nibbles, tobacco leaf, and coffee grind. The palate is a bit dark and stormy, with chewy tannins, blackberry, and faint violet all present. We threw a decent amount of new oak at this wine, which both softened the grit on the tannins and stirred in an additional level of palate complexity. The finish is cola, with a long dark fruit finish.