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2016

Pinot Noir

Russian River Valley

Displaying a deep crimson hue, the 2016 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir bounds from the glass with plush aromatics of Morello cherry, mulberry, baking spice, and red clay. The fine, alluring texture gives way to focused flavors of boysenberry, bergamot, and iron which continue to evolve throughout the lengthy finish. Delightful with wild mushroom tartine, roast quail, or rosemary-rubbed leg of lamb. Serve at 50°-55° F.

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Harvest Date September 6th – 23rd

Growing Season Relative to the preceding three years, the 2016 growing season was notably cooler, with lower than average daytime highs and colder nights. Though harvest commenced a week earlier than typical, the weather remained stable throughout the ripening phase with no significant heat spikes. The result was balanced fruit of optimal quality and a short harvest period, concluding within a two to three-week timeline.

Winemaking

Hand-sorted while still cold from the field
9% whole cluster inclusion
Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts
5-day cold soak, 14 day maceration
Gentle punchdowns
Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel
Aged 10 months in French oak barrels; 45% new
Coopers: Cadus, Damy, Francois Frères, Gauthier, Louis Latour, Remond, Leroi
Bottled unfined and unfiltered