This profound wine entrances you with its intense swirling aromas of rose petals, spices and sweet, wet earth. It is an elegantly structured, deeply colored Pinot, rich in mouthfeel and bursting with juicy red and black fruit. Its perfectly balanced acidity seamlessly leads to an unusually long and satisfying finish. Still young but quite irresistible.
Swirling aromas of rose petals, spices and sweet, wet earth. An elegantly structured Pinot Noir with a rich mouthfeel, bursting with juicy red and black fruit. Perfectly balanced acidity seamlessly leads to a long satisfying finish. Expected to develop well for 2-8 years.
The grapes for this Pinot Noir were handpicked in the cool early morning hours in small five-gallon buckets. After hand sorting, the grapes were cold soaked for several days and fermented in simple open-top fermenters. The caps were manually punched down. Shortly after pressing, the wines were barreled in a combination of new and used French oak. Throughout fermentation and aging, the clones and the different vineyard blocks were kept separate to maintain their distinct flavor profiles and structural components as blending elements. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered. The final blend of this Reserve Pinot Noir was selected from individual barrels chosen for their fruit concentration, complexity and balance.
2001 was our first commercial vintage. A relatively cool spring preceded warm weather in May and June. In August and September, the cooling influence of the nearby Pacific Ocean allowed the grapes to reach physiological maturity without the risk of dehydration. Individual blocks were harvested on multiple occasions based upon flavor profile and ripeness of the individual vines. The yield was low and the flavors were correspondingly high.