100% Pinot Noir
2014 was a dry, but excellent vintage. The weather was warm, and also one of the driest years on record. Some late winter/early spring rains really helped the vines. This Pinot Noir came from a pristine vineyard nestled right in the epicenter of the cooler climate Sonoma-Carneros region. After hand-picking, the grapes were gently destemmed but left whole berry for a gentle extraction and maceration. After a 5 day cold soak, fermentation started and continued for about 8 days. The wine was then gently pressed and the press fraction was kept separate. The wine was then aged in a mix of new and neutral French Oak barrels.
Our 2014 Carneros Pinot Noir starts out with warm aromas of cinnamon and clove with blackberry and a deep earthiness layered around it. Fruit abounds on the front palate with full, rich blackberry jam notes and chalky but smooth tannins on the finish. This wine is balanced and bright.