The Etesian wind tempers the warm days of summer in the eastern Mediterranean. Similarly, in California the moderating influence of the Pacific Ocean cools the vineyards of Sonoma, promoting superb natural balance and well-developed flavors in our Pinot Noir grapes.
Gorgeous ripe raspberry and cherry with subtle hints of eucalyptus/bay leaves announce this stunning Pinot Noir. On the palate this wine displays the silky and smooth characteristics one would expect from these delicate grapes.
A delicious pairing with grilled salmon, lamb shank, roasted chicken and mushroom based pasta dishes. This versatile wine is the perfect hostess gift as it will match beautifully with wide variety of cuisines.
2008 will be remembered by Carneros grape growers as a challenging year. It was one that required more attentive care of the vines. Record frost in March and April damaged some of the vines followed by an unusual dry spell which caused the fields to be lighter and slightly overripe. Despite the year’s challenges the fruit quality was excellent as the lower yields produced highly concentrated fruit flavors.
• Colmar, Martini, UCD 32, Wadenswil, Dijon, Wente and Pommard were the primary clones and selections used in the blend
• Individual vineyard lots were destemmed, partially crushed and cold-soaked for three days to extract color and aromas
• Thrice daily punchdowns and pumpovers were tailored to each lot to extract fruit character and avoid bitterness