Richly aromatic, the nose on this wine is loaded with notes of black cherry, boysenberry, and pomegranate. Subtle hints of dark chocolate, orange peel, and sage add depth and complexity. The palate is lively with fresh acidity which carries delicious flavors of strawberry, plum, toast, and caraway. Fine grained tannins provide a silky structure to the wine and a lengthy finish of succulent fruit flavor. This outstanding example of cool climate Pinot Noir will easily drink well for a decade or more.
The grapes were sourced from some of the premier vineyards in the Anderson Valley, including the expressive Ferrington and Donnelly Creek vineyards, both located outside the town of Boonville, as well as our benchmark estate Savoy Vineyard. This wine is 100% Pinot Noir, made of a blend of select clones including Pommard, Mt. Eden, Martini and Dijon.
The fruit was harvested September 2nd through October 4th at an average of 24.1° Brix. It then went through a five to seven-day cold soak at 55°F, a nine-day primary fermentation peaking at 88-92°F, and a three-day extended maceration. The wine was aged sixteen months in 60-gallon French oak barrels, 36% of which were new. Coopers include Cadus, Rousseau, Quintessence, Tremeaux, and Sirugue.
The earlier vintage and warmer weather around harvest intensified the fruit notes in this delicious 2017 Pinot Noir. The wine exhibits bright aromatics and flavors that are a hallmark of Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. In addition to the abundant cherry on the nose, pomegranate, Mission fig, and sandalwood are detectable. The mouth is loaded with bright red fruit and spice flavors, bringing to mind a raspberry coulis with hints of mint. Plenty of fresh acidity fleshes out the palate and brings verve to the finish.