92 Points (Wine & Spirits)
This lovely Pinot Noir opens with an intriguingly spicy aroma. Lush black cherry notes on the palate follow through, and aging in French oak barrels contribute to a long finish with notes of vanilla and coconut. The tannins are soft, but the rich, full body of this wine enable it to complement even a hearty dish.
Hand harvested from our home ranch in early October 2019, the grapes for this organically farmed Pinot Noir were first de-stemmed and then transferred into a stainless steel tank for fermentation. The mixture of skins, seeds and juice (called "must") was cold soaked for 48 hours in order to begin flavor extraction. After the yeast was added, 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. Delicate handling is critical when making Pinot Noir. It is truly a winemaker's wine, requiring finesse and imagination every step of the way.
This 2019 Pinot Noir was aged in 60-gallon oak barrels for 14 months using 20% new French oak with a medium+toast. Coopers: Francois Freres, Tonnellerie Radoux, Marchive. Vegan Friendly.