The vines are planted on sandy, alluvial soil at a low elevation. The site is cooled by southeasterly winds that enable a longer hang times. Slow ripening allows the grapes to achieve phenolic ripeness at a lower sugar level.
This wine is fermented in open stainless steel tanks with gentle pump-overs performed twice daily to extract softer tannins. The wine spends 12 months ageing in French oak barrels, of which 10% are new. This wine is not fined before bottling.