Organically farmed (vineyards are CCOF certified) estate fruit. Overhead frost protection. All water for frost and drip irrigation systems is collected from 2500 acres of watershed to fill 6 ponds on vineyards. Shoot positioning is practiced on new vines and shoot thinning on all vines. Harvested by hand in late Septembr.
Pinole & Talmage soils. Gravelly loam
the grapes for this organically farmed Pinot Noir were first de -stemmed (being careful to not crush the delicate berries) and then transferred to tank for fermentation. The wine was cold soaked for 48 hours in order to begin flavor extraction. After the yeast additions, the must was mixed two times per day to continue extracting color and tannin. Once fermentation was complete, the must was delicately pressed and aged in tank before transferring to barrels once primary fermentation was complete.
14 months in 20% new French oak with medium+toast. Coopers: Francois Freres, Tonnellerie Radoux, Marchive
Pale ruby in color with aromas of dried cranberry, sweetened rhubarb and warm caramel. Alluring flavors of dark vanilla, ripe strawberry, licorice and toffee. On the finish, soft tannins and smooth viscosity show the complex balance of fruit and oak.