Baileyana Firepeak Pinot Noir 2018
Aromas of ripe cherry, blackberry, cinnamon and tobacco burst from the glass
of this beautifully balanced Pinot Noir. Dark fruit, blueberry, root beer and cola
fl avors, are complemented by good acidity and structure. The soft supple
tannins create a beautiful finish.
Critical AcclaimAll Vintages
Dark-cherry, muddy earth and dark-mint aromas show on the nose of this bottling. The palate is crisp with cherry and berry, as pinches of thyme and baking spice complete the sip.
Deep red. Spice-accented cherry and raspberry aromas show a suave floral topnote that gains strength as the wine opens up. Juicy and energetic on the palate, offering gently sweet red fruit and candied rose flavors that deliver firm back-end cut and grip. Fine-grained tannins make a late appearance and frame a lingering red fruit note. Drinking window: 2021 - 2026
Over 35 years ago, Catharine Niven envisioned a small vineyard in front of her Edna Valley home that would deliver high quality wines.
To achieve her goal, she bucked popular California viticultural trends and looked to the old world for her inspiration. She was one of the first women to own a winery and one who wasn’t afraid to do things differently. Baileyana, named for the place where she met her husband Jack, soon outgrew her small home vineyard. It has since been sourced from their estate Paragon Vineyard, Jack’s pioneering plantings going back to 1973. Baileyana offers beautiful, cool-climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, which are refined, rich, and perfectly balanced. She wasn’t entirely surprised by Baileyana’s early success, but Catharine didn’t dream that her small project would become the family legacy that it is today.
Now in the expert hands of the next two generations, the wines remain true to her pioneering spirit, as well as to the genuine, elegant style she exuded when walking into any room.