I am delighted at how this vintage is shaping up. A drought product, there was unusual concentration of grape material. Fortunately, we are able to balance the concentrated structural elements with a sense of ‘roundness’ enhanced by an extended time on yeast lees. These lees give up mannoproteins and ‘roundness’ factors over time and brings a new level of texture and continuity to our wines.
Our typical nose of rose petal, orange peel, cranberry, red cherry and sweet loam is there. Flavors cascade, trading prominence and roll into a hint of black cherry cola and sandalwood on its very persistent finish. It is both fruity and savory at the same time (fruit and non-fruit in balance). I wish we had a better way to communicate this wine’s significance to our efforts. I consider this wine as our estate Pinot Noir, even though we have no estate Pinot Noir vineyards; this represents our main focus with this variety. If I were a smarter marketer, I would give it a fancy name.