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.