José named Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards to honor his loving wife. In turn, we named our finest Pinot Noir to honor José. This is a very select blend, chosen specifically to showcase the quality our Carneros estate vineyards. 2008 was the kind of year growers hate and Pinot loves. The challenging season produced intensely concentrated fruit that makes this a wine that stands proudly among the finest Carneros Pinot Noirs.
The most exceptional blocks from our 335-acre Carneros vineyard are selected each vintage for this bottling. Meticulous cluster and shoot thinning help promote extraordinary depth in the fruit, and our winemaker has chosen just a few of the best barrels from among these special lots to compose the blend. Each careful step in the making of this wine is based on over twenty years of experience with Pinot Noir on our estate and it represents a fitting tribute to our founder, José S. Ferrer. The José S. Ferrer Pinot Noir was produced in limited quantity and is only available through the winery.
This wine is wonderfully perfumed with bright aromas of red berries and plum with hints of cherries. It's spicy and rich and the palate is silky with complex black cherry and raspberry flavors and a dash of smoky notes. The long balanced finish makes it a delight.
• The grapes were de-stemmed and lightly crushed
• Cold soaked for three days, then fermented at 85?F
• Gentle pump-overs three times daily
• Racked and returned to the barrel twice
• Aged for 9 months in 100% French Oak barrels (40% new barrels)
• Bottled unfined