Last year we thought 2018 was a very special vintage. Guess what? The 2019 is right up there in every way and possibly more in some instances. The first of our 2019 Pinots released, a vanguard of what is to come with the vintage, and like the 2018 Hallberg bottling, this was left through 3 winters in barrel (the most typical in our area is 1, maybe 2 winters in barrel for peoples’ special lots). The yeast lees return much of what was taken from the grape during fermentation in a lovely way.
Orange zest, a slight hint of mulled wine spices give way to crushed plums and bing cherries on the nose. In the mouth there is an addition of sassafras. There is texture galore and nuanced non-fruit elements. To me it is the most compelling vintage of our Sonoma County Pinot Noir to date.