2015 Pinot Noir
Limited Release
Los Carneros, Napa Valley
$65.00  |  Club Price $52.00
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The low Pinot Noir yields, that we experienced in our Estate vineyard, in the harvest of 2015, granted this wine with an incredible synergy of elegant, yet powerful and concentrated fruit. On the nose, you will experience intense aromas of layered red fruit (strawberry and rhubarb) and spice. On the palate, flavors of raspberry, cherry, blueberry and a touch caramel. The oak is beautifully integrated and the wine displays a long, elegant finish.
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Technical Data: ALC: 14.4% by vol.; TA: 6.0 G/L; pH: 3.64
Cooperage: 11 Months in 100% French Oak Barrels (50% New)

The grapes were hand harvested at night, over a two month period, as each block achieved perfect ripeness. Once at the winery, the grapes were destemmed and given a five-day cold soak, in order to gently extract color and flavor from the delicateskinned Pinot Noir. Fermenting most of the wine in open-top fermenters, Winemaker Ana Diogo-Draper also fermented about 30% of the juice in 500-litre French puncheons. All components underwent three daily punchdowns while fermenting. When the wine was dry it was placed in a combination of new and seasoned French oak barrels (50% new barrels and 50% seasoned) for 11 months of aging. The wine components were racked only once, at blending.
We sourced the grapes for this wine from two blocks at the highest elevations from our Estate Vineyard across the street from the winery. The extremely well drained soils nurture vines that are more than twenty two years old that work hard for water and nutrients, resulting in naturally low yields of grapes with concentrated fruit flavor.
This vintage will be remembered for high quality, but low yields. The 2015 growing season started out with unseasonably warm temperatures in the late winter and early spring. This resulted in an early bud break and bloom. Colder temperatures in May(during the peak of bloom) caused uneven fruit set which ultimately resulted in a much smaller crop in 2015, compared to the three abundant years that preceded it. As a result, our winemaker worked hand-in-hand with our vineyard crews and also employed new technologies, like optical sorting, to ensure we picked and crushed only the best quality grapes. The harvest was one of the earliest on record in Napa Valley, beginning on July 31st with the picking of grapes for our sparkling wine program, and concluding for us October 22nd. While ongoing drought was of great concern, we were fortunate to have received enough rain in the winter to fill our reservoirs.

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