Grape(s): Pinot Noir
Localization: Santa Rosa, Carneros, California, United States
This vintage began with abundant rainfall, followed by a mild Spring resulting in extended flowering with little shatter. On Labor Day weekend as a heatwave kicked harvest into high gear, we picked our 8 rows of Pinot off block 19 at Stanly Ranch. The fruit was in perfect condition and had rich, ripe berry flavors with bright acidity. Once in the winery, the grapes go from the de-stemmer to the open-top tank and begin a five-day cold soak. As soon as the grapes begin to warm up the fermentation kicks off naturally and we begin punching down the cap by hand. Hard, exhilarating work helping to draw out more color and richer tannins. Soon the primary fermentation is finished and the wine is pressed gently and then transferred into 50% new French oak 60-gallon barrels. Right away the secondary malo-lactic fermentation spontaneously begins and finishes in no time. 11 months later the wine is racked up to tank for bottling.