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2014

Pinot Noir

Cuvée Agustina
Katherine Lindsay Estate
Russian River Valley

Named for Paul’s eldest daughter and produced only in top vintages, Cuvée Agustina represents an unparalleled expression from block A9 in the southeast corner of our Katherine Lindsay Estate Vineyard. Our very best barrels are selected for their texture, concentration and structure. This intense garnet wine brims with complex aromas and flavors of black tea, anise, lavender and fleshy black cherry fruit. Velvety tannins and vibrant acidity lend dimension and energy through the long finish. Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 82% new.

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(94-96) points Wine Advocate

“The special cuvée, the 2014 Cuvée Agustina Katherine Lindsay Estate is even more concentrated than the 2013. With delineated notes of Chinese black tea, blueberry, black raspberry, licorice and forest floor. It is superb, rich and potentially very complex. Drink it over the next decade or more.”
Robert Parker Jr.

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Harvest Date September 15th & September 20th

Growing Season Summary: 2014 was the third straight outstanding growing season in a row, following the excellent 2012 and 2013 vintages. Dry winter and spring conditions limited canopy vigor, and a warm growing season with a lack of extreme heat spikes resulted in prolonged, even ripening through harvest. The resulting wines possess great site specificity, depth and quality.

Winemaking

• Hand-harvested, picked at night
• Hand-sorted, cold; 6% whole cluster inclusion
• Fermented with indigenous yeasts in small, open-top, stainless steel tanks
• 6-day cold soak, 17 days total maceration
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel
• Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 82% new
• Coopers: Cadus, Damy, Louis Latour, Francois Frères
• Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2016