2012 delivered extremely well-balanced fruit with an amazing fragrance and deep, full body. It also offered excellent color, which we bring out by pressing in whole clusters. The fruit goes into open-top fermenters where punch downs are performed several times each day. When fermentation is complete, the wine is placed in French oak barrels for about 10 months of maturation; the wine is racked several times. Lush on the palate and velvety in texture, this Director's Cut Pinot Noir unleashes a beautiful perfume of raspberries, rose petals and cloves, followed by deep, dark flavors of cherries and plums, sensuous spices, earthy notes, tea leaves and sandalwood, all of which build and linger on the finish.