Nose

The 2016 Fraenkle Cheshier Vineyard Pinot Noir offers seductive aromas of black cherry pie, fraise du bois, rhubarb, winter spice and a lingering touch of lavender.

Palate

Mouth filling flavors of crushed raspberry, slate-like minerality, and cranberry acid juiciness deliver exquisite tension, bringing focus to the dense core of opulent fruit.

Growing Conditions

Relative to the preceding three years, the 2016 growing season was notably cooler, with lower than average daytime highs and colder nights. Though harvest commenced a week earlier than typical, the weather remained stable throughout the ripening phase with no significant heat spikes. The result was balanced fruit of optimal quality and a short harvest period, concluding within a two to three-week timeline. Clonal selection: 777

Harvest

Hand-sorted while still cold from the field.

Bottling

Bottled unfined and unfiltered; January 2018.

Winemaking

 14% whole cluster inclusion  Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts  5 day cold soak, 15 day maceration  Gentle punchdowns  Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel

Aging

Aged 15 months in French oak barrels; 58% new. Coopers: Cadus, Damy, Francois Frères, Remond

Appearance

A striking Pyrope garnet in the glass.

Food Pairing

Allow this wine to take center stage by pairing with a nutty, aged goat cheese and charcuterie plate, or vegetable tart with wild mushrooms and roasted fig. Serve at 50°-55° F.