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2015

Pinot Noir

Katherine Lindsay Estate
Russian River Valley

Deep carmine in the glass, the 2015 Pinot Noir hailing from the Katherine Lindsay Estate exemplifies the site from which it is grown with serious aromatics of red clay, iron, and violet. On the palate, earthen aromas give way to sumptuous dark cherry, briar fruit, crushed raspberry, and mountain strawberry framed by round, supple tannins, clean, bright acidity, and a long focused finish. Pair with a traditional coq au vin, roast squab, or in early spring—fresh morel mushrooms. Serve at 50°-55° F.

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(92-93) Points JamesSuckling.com

“full and rich with lots of fruit and black-tea character. dense and juicy. fruit-forward style. ”
James Suckling

(95-97) Points Wine Advocate

“Medium to deep ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir Katherine Lindsay Estate is a little restrained at this youthful stage, revealing glimpses of damp earth, moss and fungi notes over a core of cranberries and pomegranate, plus a touch of chocolate box and lavender. The full-bodied palate is full-on concentrated with tons of earth and layers of red berry flavors framed by firm, ripe tannins and seamless freshness, finishing long. ”
Lisa Perrotti-Brown

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Harvest Date September 10th, 12th, 13th

Growing Season A true test of our vineyard team’s mettle, the challenges of the 2015 season commenced early with cold, damp, windy conditions during bloom causing poor set, and unevenly ripened clusters - what is known as ‘shot berries’. The remainder of the season steadied, and with much handwork and fruit thinning, delivered ripe and balanced fruit of high quality. Harvest was early across the board, a common occurrence when the vine carries a light crop.

Winemaking

• Hand-sorted while still cold from the field; 4% whole cluster inclusion
• Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts
• 5-day cold soak, 16 day maceration
• Gentle punchdowns and pumpovers
• Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel
• Aged 15 months in French oak barrels; 58% new
• Coopers: Cadus, Damy, Francois Frères, Louis Latour
• Bottled unfined and unfiltered; January, 2017