Nose

Serious aromatics of red clay, iron, and violet.

Palate

On the palate, earthen aromas give way to sumptuous dark cherry, briar fruit, crushed raspberry, and mountain strawberry framed by round, supple tannins, clean, bright acidity, and a long focused finish.

Growing Conditions

A true test of our vineyard team’s mettle, the challenges of the 2015 season commenced early with cold, damp, windy conditions during bloom causing poor set, and unevenly ripened clusters - what is known as ‘shot berries’. The remainder of the season steadied, and with much handwork and fruit thinning, delivered ripe and balanced fruit of high quality. Harvest was early across the board, a common occurrence when the vine carries a light crop.

Harvest

Hand-harvested at night, sheers only.

Bottling

Bottled unfined and unfiltered; January, 2017.

Winemaking

 Hand-sorted while still cold from the field; 4% whole cluster inclusion  Fermented in small, open-top stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts  5-day cold soak, 16 day maceration  Gentle punchdowns and pumpovers  Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barre

Aging

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

Appearance

Deep carmine in the glass, the 2015 Pinot Noir hailing from the Katherine Lindsay Estate exemplifies the site from which it is grown.

Food Pairing

Pair with a traditional coq au vin, roast squab, or in early spring—fresh morel mushrooms. Serve at 50°-55° F.