2007 Estate Grown Pinot Noir
Tasting Notes November 2016 (as written by participants to the 2016 Harvest Party)
Color: Clear and bright tones of ruby
Nose: Classic Pinot nose of fruit and mineral tones
Mouthfeel: Luscious, textural
Flavor: Bright acids of fresh cranberry! Still. This will last another 10 years, no prob. Earthy and fruity with a lingering aftertaste of sunshine.
Tasted Feb. 2015
Color: Pure red to ruby translucence. Classic Burgundy look and feel.
Nose: Bright pomegranate to cranberry with the earthiness of wet-sex. In France, they say, "ah-nee-mahl´".
Flavors: Brilliant!! Red fruit of fresh cranberry, raspberry and pomegranate with crisp minerality mid-palate. Deep complement of earthiness and fine tannins for deep complexity. Long spicy finish of white pepper, fruit and earth combined
Vineyard and Winemaking Notes
Vineyard: Halleck Vineyard Estate Vineyard, Sonoma Coast AVA
Fermentation: These grapes were picked at our harvest party in the early morning, hand-sorted and destemmed then cold soaked for 5 days before going through whole berry fermentation and receiving 2 punch-downs per day. Fermentation took 12 days in a open top 1-ton fermenter and the wine was then racked to barrels.Considering we only needed 2 barrels for this small lot, we used a 1 year old Remond Allier and a 1 year old Taransaud. The wine remained in barrel for 9 months. This wine was not racked until bottling.
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.