2003 Estate Grown Pinot Noir
Tasting Notes: Deep garnet color with crystalline translucency, but not transparency. Rich. Dark raspberry, cherry with wafting spices, including cinnamon, pepper and forest floor. A light feral undertone hinting of sensuality. Palate broad with full flavor saturation across all quadrants. Luscious, textural, gentle acidity. Leaning to red fruits, rather than dark, including cranberry, cherry, and raspberry. The spicy aromas deliver on the tongue, with earthy forest floor. Complex with a long finish that penetrates and lingers. Rich good fruit of dark cherry, giving way to minerality. Long long finish!
Vineyard and Winemaking Notes
Vineyard: Halleck Vineyard Estate Vineyard, Sonoma Coast AVA
Fermentation: Grapes were picked before sunrise, hand-sorted and de-stemmed then cold-soaked for five days before going through whole berry fermentation and receiving two punch-downs per day. Fermentation took approximately 12-16 days in an open top five-ton fermentation tank and the wine was then racked to barrels.
Barrel Program: 30% new French Oak, 30% one-year-old French Oak and 40% older. Wine remained in barrel for ten months with one racking at five months during blending.