For a Carneros
Pinot the aromatic depth is unusually deep and powerful with
black cherries, all spice, wet slate, wood smoke and a touch of
The palate is bold and striking with intense blueberry
fruit and a distinct spicy savory richness. The wine is textured
with a vibrant lick of natural acidity. The tannins are distinct
and supportive and carry the wine to a long and satisfying finish.
We source our Pinot Noir fruit exclusively from our Carneros
Vineyard in Napa Valley. The Carneros terrain where we grow
Pinot Noir is marked by well-drained, rolling hills sloping to the
San Pablo Bay. The proximity of the bay moderates the vineyard
microclimate with morning and evening fog and afternoon
breezes. The area is marked by cool marine influences that provide
a long-growing season to develop even and optimal ripeness.
The 2015 season was one of contrasts. The vintage was noted
by significantly reduced yields (-35-50%) a result of a cool and
damp flowering period in Spring which resulted in poor fruit set
and fewer berries per bunch. The Summer and Autumn were
hot and dry continuing the run of drought conditions which
commenced from the 2012 vintage. The quality of the fruit was
outstanding although in limited supply with the vintage likely to
be recognized as one of Napa Valleys greatest. The 2015 Unfiltered Pinot Noir captures
all the freshness of the vineyard and variety
on release and will further improve with
cellaring for 7-10 years.
Harvest dates: August 20 - 25, 2015
Our Pinot Noir was hand picked, sorted berry by berry and
fermented in small open fermenters with the inclusion of 30%
whole bunches to provide aromatic complexity and structure to
the wine. After 2 weeks of fermentation the wine was pressed and
filled directly to Burgundian coopered barriques for 12 months
of maturation prior to assemblage of the final blend and bottling
The wine exhibits a vibrant deep ruby color.
Pinot Noir is a great match with chicken, charcuterie, root
vegetables and lightly savory spices. Enjoy with chicken ballotine
stuffed with mushrooms, bacon and pinenuts.