On the nose, this wine offers beautiful, bright aromas of black cherry, plum and a hint of
rose petal and violet aromas.
On the palate, lush red and blue fruit flavors are accentuated
with hints of spice and earth. The natural acidity gives vibrancy and it is an excellent
partner to so many foods; it is medium bodied and has a long finish.A classic Pinot Noir
that is true to its appellation.
The grapes for this wine were hand-picked over a period of several weeks, as each block
achieved ripeness and flavor development. Winemaker Ana Diogo-Draper de-stemmed, but did
not crush the grapes, placing them in temperature controlled, open top stainless steel tanks. The
fermentation tanks were chilled for a three-day “cold soak” - designed to extract color and
flavor from the grape must. The tanks were then warmed so that fermentation could begin.
Pinot Noir grapes requires a gentle handling and therefor we performed three punchdowns a
day, on each vineyard lot, in order to gently extract fruit and color. Tasting each tank daily, the
team pressed the wine off its skins when the proper flavor and tannin structure was achieved.
The wine was placed in French oak barrels (30% new) for ten months prior to bottling.