2012 Estate Grown Pinot Noir
Tasting Notes: It is a youngster, with bright acids and fine crisp tannins. It leads with tart pomegranate and underpinnings of fresh cranberry. The middle palate only hints of its earthiness you can sense in your nose. It will come. There is a depth that promises astounding expression. It lingers, front, middle and back, for minutes after the first sip. It is bright, suggesting the elevation from which it hales. And it is complex, displaying its heritage. It was a great vintage. There is nothing that suggests this wine will not develop accordingly.
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.