Delicate aromas of raspberry, cherry and plum set the tone for this beautiful
Estate grown Pinot Noir.
The flavors are carried through on the palate
accompanied by bright acidity giving the wine superb balance on the palate.
There is a hint of classic Carneros rose petals and violets lending a nice floral
component. The oak is subtle with a light toasty flavor behind the forward fruit.
The fruit was hand-harvested in the early morning to preserve freshness and
fruit integrity. The grapes were then immediately delivered to the winery where
they were de-stemmed, but not crushed, leaving countless whole berries.
Winemaker Ana Diogo-Draper cold soaked the berries, in stainless steel tanks
and Puncheon barrels, for five days – a method which gently extracts color and
flavor without harsh tannins. Afterwards, the grapes were gently brought up to
temperature, and then fermented with 100% native yeast. We punched down
the grapes three times a day, to intensify color and flavor. The free run wine
was placed in French oak barrels (50% new) for ten months, where it aged
on lees, being racked once prior to bottling. Our Estate Vineyard Pinot Noir is
100% grown, produced and bottled by Artesa.