2019 Growing Season & Winemaking:
After a record rainfall during the 2018/19 winter, Sonoma County experienced a near perfect grape-growing season. Spring was cooler than usual and, in many areas of Sonoma, pushed harvest back versus previous years. Rain showers in May were followed by mild temperatures during the summer, which lead to even ripening and superior flavor development.
Picked during the early morning hours of September 13, 2019, the grapes were crushed at the winery and underwent primary fermentation. Once dryness had been reached, the wine remained on its skins for a few additional days, before being pressed into a tank for a brief time of settling. The wine was then transferred into neutral French Oak barrels to undergo malolactic fermentation. Post-MLF, the finished wine was racked and returned to barrels, where it remained and aged for 11 months until being bottled in August 2020. It was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
This medium-bodied Pinot Noir opens on the nose with delicate aromas of cranberry and red cherry, followed by earthy undertones. On the palate, the cranberry and cherry aromas become more pronounced and are complemented by aromas of black tea and forest floor. The elegant texture and bright acidity lead to a savory lingering finish.