Aromas of fresh cherries and plums are layered with mixed spice and a truffly earthiness.
Medium-bodied and well proportioned, bright berry flavors mingle with a touch of savory and spice.
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 drought that has impacted much of California from 2012 continued to keep rainfall levels below 50% of average and maintained growing season heat summation above average for the harvest. The warm and dry conditions promotes excellent quality and when combined with above average yields the potential of the 2014 vintage is outstanding across all varieties.
Harvest dates: September 4 - 8, 2014
Our Pinot Noir is hand picked, sorted berry by berry and fermented in small open fermenters with the inclusion of 15 % whole bunches to provide aromatic complexity and structure to the wine. After 2 weeks of fermentation the wine is pressed and filled directly to Burgundian coopered barriques for 12 months of maturation prior to assemblage of the final blend and bottling without filtration.
The wine’s vibrant ruby color signals its clarity and concentration.
Pinot Noir is a great match with chicken, charcuterie, root vegetables and dishes with subtle spices. Enjoy with chicken stuffed with mushrooms, bacon and pine nuts.