Rattlesnake hill is a small rocky knoll on the estate, located at 2050 ft elevation on Spring Mountain. The hills position allows optimal sun exposure while being above the fog line. All small lots are kep separated. The small lots are examined for complexity, intensity and power, to match the hill. Only these small estate lots that are deserving come together to form the proprietary top tier, Rattlesnake. When harvested, the small estate lots were cold soaked for 2-3 days,fermented in small bins and tanks, and punched down or pumped over 2 to 3 times a day. The maceration times were 17 to 18 days. A little longer on average due to the looser skins. Once fermentation was complete the wine was pressed off into 90% new French oak barrels for aging. The wine has been racked three times during its near two-year maturation time in the cellar. Tasting notes: The color of the wine is a beautiful dark purple at the core with a crimson rim. Immediate dark chocolate and coffee jump out of the glass, as well as blackcurrant puree and fresh blackberries. Underlying elements of eucalyptus, gravel and pepper spice complement the licorice and nutmeg spice. This is a very lush velvety wine on entry. The dark berry fruit is very pronounced, with other flavors of peppercorn and mocha.