Nose

Ruby‐hued and intensely aromatic with Bing cherry, spice and forest floor, it resonates with pure pinot noir character.  

Palate

Seamless layers of wild raspberry, cola, violets and cedar intertwine and gain depth through a midpalate framed by supple tannins and clove that create an elegant, lingering finish. 

Growing Conditions

2008 began with an exceptionally dry spring and early bud break.  Frosts in April significantly lowered cluster counts. Weather stabilized and warmed through summer, with warmer temperatures continuing through harvest.  A smaller crop of high quality fruit was able to ripen fully and evenly, developing an excellent balance of sugars and acid.   Overall, the 2008 wines are bright and expressive with well‐articulated flavors.

Harvest

Hand‐harvested grapes.

Bottling

Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2010.

Winemaking

ƒ Fermented in small, open‐top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts ƒ 5‐day cold soak, 15 days total maceration   ƒ Hand‐punched cap ƒ Native malolactic fermentation in barrels

Aging

Aged 16 months in Seguin Moreau and Francois Frères French oak barrels; 68% new.