A classic rendering of Russian River Valley pinot noir, this wine offers a dark cherry hue and aromas of black cherry and bright strawberry. Rich, dark fruits dominate the palate, with accents of red fruit and complex undertones of white pepper and nutmeg. The fine-grained tannins and fresh acidity add layers and tension, accentuating the flavors and velvet-like mouthfeel for an elegant finish.
Harvest Date September 1st - September 26th
Harvest Brix 24.8
Growing Season The 2015 vintage began in late winter due to unseasonably warm temperatures leading to an early bud break, and thus an elongated growing season. Overall yields were lighter than average with smaller cluster and berry size as a result of cooler temperatures during bloom and the third consecutive year of drought. The resultant wines show increased concentration of flavors with wonderful balance and round textures.
Hand-harvested, picked at night
Hand-sorted while still cold from the field; 8% whole cluster inclusion
Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts
Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels
5 day cold soak, 16 day maceration
Gentle punchdowns and pumpovers
Aged 11 months in French Oak barrels; 44% new
Coopers: Francois Frères, Damy, Cadus, Louis Latour, Remond, Leroi, Gauthier
Unfined and unfiltered; bottled August 2016