Nose

The nose is typical of a pure Pinot Noir with floral notes of violets, daffodils and white lilies.

Palate

The new French oak shows ever so slightly with hints of cedar wood, fresh walnuts and dark chocolate intermixed with fruity aromas of black cherries, dried wild strawberries and candied cranberries, with a touch of spice with cardamom, laurel and crème brulée. The finish is well-balanced and elegant with seamless integration of the tannins. This is a wine that can be enjoyed now, particularly if decanted, but also to be cellared for five to ten years.

Growing Conditions

The grapes for this Pinot Noir are coming from the Clos Madeleine block, located in the heart of the cooler Petaluma gap area.

Harvest

All hand-picked by the crew early morning on September 22.

Bottling

We did not fine nor filter the wine prior to bottling in order to keep its purity and full expression.

Winemaking

Hand-harvested, meticulously hand-sorted before and after de-stemming on our state-of-the-art sorting tables by a crew of 14 people and cold-soaked for 6 days at 40°F, the fermentation of the pure berries took place for two weeks in one of our specially designed and perfectly temperature controlled stainless steel fermenter, with punch-down twice a day based on tasting. After the alcoholic fermentation, the wine was barreled in 100 % new French oak barrels. We had a weekly stirring regime during 2 months and the Malolactic fermentation took place in barrels.

Aging

20 months in 100% new French oak barrels. Topping and racking the wine and regular tastings has been our duty until the bottling in June 2011.

Appearance

A beautiful garnet color, with hues of blue indicating its young age.

Food Pairing

The traditional paring with Pinot Noir is often game, like venison or deer, but it is a versatile wine and goes very well with a simple pork roast in a Le Creuset Dutch oven or a creamy risotto with wild mushrooms.