Nose

This deep ruby pinot noir opens with an expressive bouquet of exotic spices, caramelized tobacco leaf, forest floor and ripe wild berries.

Palate

Rich but restrained, the wine’s generosity of fruit is cut by balancing acidity, preserving the freshness so characteristic of this site.

Growing Conditions

Grown in the iron-rich “Sebastopol Series” Goldridge soils of our Katherine Lindsay Estate Vineyard. 2014 was the third straight outstanding growing season in a row, following the excellent 2012 and 2013 vintages. Dry winter and spring conditions limited canopy vigor, and a warm growing season with a lack of extreme heat spikes resulted in prolonged, even ripening through harvest. The resulting wines possess great site specificity, depth and quality.

Harvest

Hand-harvested, picked at night.

Bottling

Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2016.

Winemaking

 Hand-sorted, cold; 5% whole cluster inclusion  5 day cold soak, 16 days total maceration  Fermented with indigenous yeasts in small, open-top, stainless steel tanks  Spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrel

Aging

Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 71% new. Coopers: Cadus, Damy, Louis Latour, Francois Frères, and Remond.