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2016 Pinot Noir

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2016 Pinot Noir
2016 Pinot Noir
Tasting notes

Dried rose petals, potpourri, red cherry, raspberry, and notes of tea. Additional aromas of dried orange peel studded with cloves mix with vanilla bean and cedar shavings to perfectly compliment the primary fruit characteristics. Robust and rich on the tongue, the wine seems to fill every square inch of the palate. Flavors of maraschino cherry, ripe berries, and dried herbs combine to make a powerful flavor profile. The tannins are quite refined and round out the juicy finish.

Production notes

Harvest 2016

The 2016 vintage was an excellent growing season, and started out as the previous four vintages; with a warm and dry winter. Above average temperatures and modest rainfall in the winter months brought a normal bud break in all growing regions. The main difference in 2016 was cooler temperatures in late February, and increasing rain totals in March that helped slow down vegetative growth. The net result was a slightly longer vegetative cycle, a slower grape maturation cycle, and therefore a later harvest compared to 2015. These events allowed for perfect maturation of the grape tannins and flavor development. Flowering happened under normal conditions with a slight cooling trend in May, which ultimately prevented blockbuster yields. Temperatures after fruit set were normal, but as veraison approached there were a few heat spikes that jumpstarted the ripening process. Harvest was late September under perfect conditions. Overall, the wines from the 2016 vintage exhibit wonderfully polished tannins due to long and slow grape maturation on the vine.

VarietalPinot Noir
Varietal Composition100% Pinot Noir
AppellationRussian River Valley
Vineyard3 Vineyard blend
Aging18 Months French Oak
FermentationOpen Top
Residual Sugar<0
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date05/05/2018
Cases Produced150
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