The extra time in french oak (22 months) is really expressed in the silky smooth tannins and lingering finish. These older clones of cab produce complex elegant wines that respond well to such restrained use of oak. A robust framework rather than an overpowering heavy hand.
Two deviations of note from our normal boutique wine making Bordeaux style regime. Firstly the use of 5 % 2013 La Vista vineyard Malbec. This was particularly bright fruit and freshened the blend at bottling. Secondly and probably most importantly, the specification of a particular toasting regime, now highly successful in Bordeaux, but pioneered in the US by Brecon.