We experienced a slightly warmer growing season this year for the Pinot Noir grapes. The grapes were harvested and brought to our winery on September 10th and 12th, at moderate sugar levels. The grapes were 100% destemmed and fermented in small open top tanks, and punched down three to four times daily. After pressing off, and a short settling period in a tank, the wine was transferred to all French oak barrels, one third of which were new, to age for 11 months without any rackings. The wine was given a light fining with egg whites, and a light filtration prior to bottling in early September.
This wine is another wonderful example of Pinot Noir from this great vineyard. A moderate to slightly heavy crop did not diminish the strength and depth of flavor of this ready to drink vintage. Beautiful, forward, ripe aromatics characterize the nose, while on the palate the wine is rich, with plush yet powerful flavors. The wine has a silky mouthfeel, which seems to be a hallmark of our version of Pint Noir from this renowned vineyard. This wine will peak in about three to five years from now.