California: Russian River Valley, United States

Estate Pinot Noir — 2021

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Vineyards: Moon Dust Vineyard
    • Size: 11 acres
    • Clones: 44% clone 115; 23% clone 667; 14% clone 777; 11% Pommard clone; 5% DB Selection; 3% clone 828
  • Vintage Report

    • Harvest Date(s): Harvested at night, by hand, seven times over 14 days, then sorted again in the field and at the winery
  • Vinification

    • Fermented naturally without additions, for up to three and a half weeks with the inclusion of 20% whole clusters. The wine was then pressed gently into the barrel where secondary fermentation was allowed to occur naturally for the next two months.

    • Aging: 14-month barrel aging in 73% new French oak barrels, 3% once used and 24% neutral
    • Bottled: December 14th; Unfined, unfiltered
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
    • Alcohol: 13.5%
  • Tasting Notes

    • This wine has a brilliant Burgundy color with a deep brooding nose that explodes out of the glass with aromas of orange peel, shiitake mushrooms, soy sauce, dried leaves, bay laurel and fall berries. The wine is a great balance between red and black fruit notes that saturate the palate with black tea, autumnal leaves, wood spice, dried citrus peel, and fennel. It is bright and fresh as well as deep and broad. This Pinot Noir is medium bodied combining silkiness with a nice grip of tannin, all with restrained alcohol that gives way to an amazingly complex and long finish that brings you back for another sip, another glass, and another bottle.