Ancien Wines Mink Vineyard Pinot Noir 2018
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Pale to medium ruby-purple colored, the 2018 Pinot Noir Mink Vineyard gives up seriously intense notes of black raspberries, redcurrants and kirsch with hints of cardamom, damp soil, Ceylon tea and wild thyme. Medium-bodied, the palate is beautifully crafted with vibrant red berry and earthy layers and a satiny texture, finishing long and energetic.
Situated in the southeastern corner of Napa Valley in the Vaca range, the vineyards of the Coombsville AVA enjoy a long growing season mitigated by cool, San Pablo Bay fog.
Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”