2011 was a tricky harvest, cool, damp weather led to mold and rot with Pinot Noir all over the region. We spent an inordinate amount of resources going through the vineyard blocks each day to carefully remove any damaged clusters before mold could spread. The work paid off. Sun and dry air came in October and our result is incredible depth and richness. We carefully chose the blocks to ferment in micro-lots to isolate the individual flavors and aromas. This wine was mainly fermented in 500 liter French oak puncheons with hand punch downs. A portion was aged in stainless and the balance (majority) was aged in the same puncheons the wine was fermented in that very year. The wine was never racked or filtered, and rested on gross lees the entire aging period.
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation: 100% Carneros, Napa Valley
Cooperage: 100% French Oak, 30% New