2018 FEL Pinot Noir, Ferrington Vineyard
Bright aromas of Bing cherry, strawberry, and hard candy leap from the glass of this immediately appealing wine
fifteen months in 60-gallon French oak barrels, 30% of which were new. Coopers include Atelier and Quintessence.
The vaunted Ferrington Vineyard is located just outside the town of Boonville, an area of Anderson Valley that is more protected from the maritime breeze, giving the wine from Ferrington a classically fruit-driven and opulent Pinot Noir character. This wine is made of a blend of Pommard, Wädenswil, and the Dijon clones 115, 777, and 828.
The fruit was harvested on September 10th at an average of 23.9° Brix. It then went through an eight-day cold soak at 50°F, a six-day uninoculated primary fermentation peaking at 92°F and was pressed at dryness.
The subtle notes of pomegranate, black tea, and licorice add complexity to the nose. In the mouth, an expansive core of cherry, ripe raspberry, and rhubarb is complemented by notes of cocoa, black pepper, vanilla, and cinnamon. The palate is bright and full of verve with silky, mouth-coating tannins. -Ryan Hodgins, Winemaker