This perfumed nose shows beautiful spice notes of black pepper, nutmeg and mesquite with floral aromas of lavender and dried rose petal. Ripe blueberry, raspberry and blackberry bramble mingle throughout. The mouth mimics the nose with spice notes, maple, black cherry reduction and dried sage. Chocolate nibs, malted and cinnamon frame the sweet mid palate, fresh with juicy acidity and finishing with lovely long, dusty tannins.
This Pinot Noir is a blend of fruit from the new Laurelwood District AVA; Ponzi Vineyard’s Avellana and Aurora Vineyard and Linda Vista Vineyards, Paloma, Alloro, and Gemini. All LIVE Certified Sustainable and grown in Laurelwood soil.
The fruit was hand sorted with 35% whole cluster fermented and 65% destemmed. Fermented in small lots with five days of cold soak to increase aroma and color, the peak temperatures reached 90°F. The fermenters were aerated or manually punched down twice a day (for 12- 20 days) before 5 days of post fermentation maceration. This wine was aged in French oak barrels (37% new) for 14 months. It was racked and bottled by gravity and aged in bottle for 12 months before its release.