This Sonoma Stage Vineyard Pinot Noir has aromatic layers of wild strawberries, red currants, brambly fruit, and toasted brioche.
On the palate, strawberry tartlet couples with raspberry coulis, dried cherries, smoked Peking duck, and a touch of toasted vanillin. All of these elements burst from this wine with a textured, round mouthfeel and long-structured finish.
The 2019 vintage was a near perfect growing season. Bud break began in late March, leading to a Spring that had few showers and was relatively dry. Summer was also quite warm and long, followed by a warm Autumn harvest season. This consistent weather encouraged our Pinot Noir grapes to ripen into early-October.
The fruit was harvested on September 25, 2019.
Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Upon hand harvesting in the early morning hours, the grapes were carefully destemmed and sent to tank for a whole-berry fermentation. The grapes were cold-soaked allowing for increased color, aroma, and flavor extraction. After inoculation with a select yeast, the grape must (juice, skins, and seeds) fermented at 78˚F, which allowed for a hot extraction on the skins.
This small lot was aged in French oak barrels (35% new) for 14 months.