Pinot Noir

I’m really humbled by the following of our Pinot Noir. We sell out every year, which keeps a healthy amount of pressure on Jeff and I to continue making great wine! We really try to exercise restraint with this Pinot – an elegant wine is always the objective. This is a really versatile red wine. It’s really enjoyable on its own but it also compliments a wide array of dishes because it doesn’t compete with flavors.

Bob Blue, Winemaker

Awards

91 PTS, 2012 Vintage (September 2014 Issue)

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“Well made, complex and complete, this offers a tantalizing whiff of lightly toasted oak that mingles with cinnamon and berry aromas, all carrying through to the palate.”

90 PTS, 2011 Vintage (November 2013 Issue)

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“A fine and rare example of a Mendocino Pinot that’s not overly complicated or fussy.”

Pinot Noir 2016

Careful sourcing from celebrated Mendocino County vineyards with various microclimates and soil types results in a complex, bright, fruit forward Pinot Noir. After hand harvesting, the fruit was gently de-stemmed and moved to small open-top fermenters for a three-day cold soak. It was then inoculated with select yeast strains for fermentation. The cap was punched down daily to reach the desired color and level of phenols. After a gentle pressing in a basket press, the wine was settled and transferred to 100% French oak barrels where it underwent malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged in French oak for ten months and then finned with organic egg whites prior to bottling.

This Pinot Noir has aromas of strawberry and raspberry, accented with hints of oak spice and vanilla. In the mouth, this wine is rich with nice soft tannins and flavors of berries, vanilla and spice that fade into a lovely long finish.

Appellation: Mendocino County Alcohol: 14.5%

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