2013 Estate Grown Pinot Noir
Anthony Dias Blue, The Tasting Panel "One of several very impressive Pinot Noirs by producers, Ross and Jennifer Halleck. The gorgeous texture and elegant cherry fruit show the cool Sonoma Coast AVA at its very finest."
Flavors: Smooth and perfectly balanced, this extraordinary wine delivers a bright acidity with balancing earthy notes of forest floor, gentle smoke tones, and soft mushroom. Multi-layered and complex. Fine tannins mid-palate with a long lingering finish of fruit and white pepper. Gorgeous in every regard!
This wine has a bright nose of fresh cranberry, red raspberry and strawberry mixed with spice notes of white pepper and earthen floor. The brightness carries through to the palate, filled with flavors of pomegranate mixed with a panoply of red fruits, spices, white pepper with a subtle rich minerality. The mouth-feel integrates earthiness with the fresh fruit and fine tannins in the mid palate. The finish is long and rich, revealing silky tannins combined with emerging cherry, gentle minerality, lustrous acidity and white pepper.
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.