2018 Reserve Pinot Noir
We take great pride in crafting wines that truly represent their varietals and appellations, and 2016 made this goal easily achievable. This dense, sophisticated Pinot Noir boastfully over-delivers aromas of black cherry, marion berry, and spicy cola., with subtle notes of nutmeg and cedarwood. The bold, yet resolved palate has a clean, well-balanced acidity that ties up neatly with a complementary cream and caramel finish.
Our Reserve Pinot Noir is the embodiment of all of our favorite characteristics from some of the most acclaimed Pinot Noir growing regions in the state. Floral and spicy aromatics from Mendocino County, and bright red fruit with integrated, soft tannins from the Russian River Valley and Carneros, come together to make this beautifully balanced Pinot Noir.
From start to finish, 2018 was a very steady season, offering weather that was reminiscent of years prior to drought. Budbreak came later in the spring with very little concern about frost, leading into steady growing temperatures with occasional rain. There were intermittent heat spikes in June and July, though not prolonged, pushing the season along. August was temperate, allowing slow ripening and complex flavors to develop. Higher than average yields and excellent quality brought about a fruitful harvest beginning in late August.
Each contributing lot of Reserve Pinot Noir is carefully monitored in the vineyard, and then hand-picked when flavor is at its most intense. The grapes are destemmed, and moved to stainless steel fermenters where they are cold-soaked and saigneed to concentrate flavor and aromatics. On average, they spend 8-12 days fermenting at moderate temperatures before being pressed and racked to 40% new French oak barrels, where they spend 9 months maturing.