2015 Blueline Estate 36-24-36
2015 represented the fourth year of California drought, replicating the conditions of the mid 1970’s. Some of the mid ‘70’s vintages remain legendary for their longevity and freshness due to the wine’s classic structural core. This is likely a function of small berry sizing, as a result of drought conditions. The sequence of vintages from 2012 to 2015, are playing out much like those drought vintages of the mid 70’s. Though different in character, these four vintages share a commonality in depth of concentration, freshness of fruit expression and a tightly woven inner core of structure.
Where the 2015 vintage separates itself from the three prior vintages is in a greater level of saturated fruit expression. These wines are dense in color and mouth coating in texture. They possess more lush fruit than the tannic 2013 vintage and greater depth than 2014. As winemaker Tony Biagi notes, “2015 is right behind 2013 in terms of quality. The previous three years of drought, coupled with a weak el nino year with a dry Spring, arid Summer and early Fall, led to wines that are opulent and full throttle.The vintage reminds me of 2008, which also delivered opulent, forward wines.”