2016 Pinot Noir
COMPOSITION: 100% Estate grown Pinot Noir
APPELLATION: Napa Valley
TA: 5.54 g/L
AGING: 12 months French Oak barrels
PRODUCTION: 400 cases
The 2016 growing year started wet and rainy, with record breaking rain from November through April. Bud break came a bit early, in February, the vines grew quickly through mild summer temperatures. August brought colder weather and foggy conditions, leading to slow ripening. The beginning of September had a slight spike in temperatures, resulting in a quick harvest.
Harvest began on September 9, 2016 before daybreak to ensure grapes remained cool. Grapes were delivered to winery, destemmed, and pumped into small stainless-steel tanks. The Pinot Noir was cold-soaked for 24 hours before being pumped into small stainless-steel tanks for a 20-day fermentation on skin and seeds. During fermentation temperatures and sugars are checked 3 times a day, and we slowly raise the temperature from the initial 40 degrees to turn sugar into alcohol. Wine is fermented until dry. Next, free run juice goes into tank and grape skins go directly to the press for an hour cycle. Finally, juice is pumped into French Oak barrels to age for 12 months before blending and bottling.
Aromas of ripe plum and pomegranate tart on the nose. On the palate, black cherry and strawberry. Beautiful spice and vanilla oak round out this the palate to a delicious lingering richness. Well balanced with a silky finish.
Pairs with cheeses like brie, gouda, gruyere and chèvre. Serve with main dishes such as duck, lamb, and chicken. Fruit or nut-based desserts pair well too.
Retail Price: $52.00
Case Price (12 bottles): $624.00
Club Member Price: $44.20
Club Member Case Price (12 bottles): $530.40
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