Eleven soil types and a variety of Pinot Noir clones and selections, varied terrain plus the daily effects of cooling summer breezes and morning fog combine to produce exceptional wine from our 335 acre estate vines in Carneros. As our understanding and development of our terroir grows, our estate Pinot Noir gains complexity and consistency. This is the 20th Carneros Pinot Noir we have released.
The nose has black cherry cedar and spice. The black cherry continues into the mouth with blackberry, pinot spice and some bramble. Substantial but smooth mouthfeel with some light sweet toasty oak. Long finish of cherry and spice.
Vintage 2011 gave us the smallest yields in the history of our vineyards. Tiny berries plus a small crop provided a high skin to juice ratio that produced generous wines. A long cool growing season delayed harvest by as much as two weeks. This long growing season provided extra "hang time" giving the fruit more time to develop flavor and concentration and substantial mature tannins.
• 96% French Oak, 4% Hungarian Oak with 27% New Oak
• Aged for 9 months in barrel