Nose

Aromas of black cherry, violets, and white pepper.

Palate

A firmly structured velvety palate exploding with dark fruits, spice, cola, and subtle notes of almond oil. A seductive finish intertwines oak and firm tannins with balanced acidity for a long memorable finish.

Growing Conditions

2009 began with an abundance of spring rain followed by mild, steady summer temperatures that set the stage for nearly ideal pinot noir and chardonnay growing conditions.  The well‐set fruit ripened slowly allowing for an excellent balance of sugars and acids to develop.  The resulting wines can be characterized as elegant and rich with profound depth and structure.  

Harvest

Hand‐harvested grapes.

Bottling

Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2011.

Winemaking

 Fermented in small, open‐top stainless steel fermentors with indigenous yeasts  5 day cold soak, 16 days total maceration  Hand‐punched cap  Concurrent, spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels

Aging

Aged 15 months in French oak barrels; 67% new.

Appearance

Cerise in color, this stately pinot noir is a quintessential portrait of assertiveness and refinement in harmony.