Layne Vineyard is one of the original vineyards in the Applegate Valley – the vines were planted in 1975 by Roger Layne, and grafted over to Tannat in 2009 – it currently is grown by Roger & Cameron Layne under the guidance of Herb Quady. The vineyard sits around 1,500 feet in elevation, which is actually very similar to many Tannat growing vineyards in Irouleguy. Like it’s French counterpart region, getting the fruit fully ripe requires patience and careful crop management. In 2014 both of these came together splendidly with gorgeous fruit, picked at the peak of ripeness with beautiful acid still in tact. The fruit was picked near the end of October and fermented spontaneously in a small fermenter. 25% of the clusters were left whole, and all cap management was done through pigeage done by yours truly. The wine went through elevage in two neutral and one new French oak barrels, and was bottled unfined and unfiltered on January 13th, 2016.