100% Pinot Noir
50% New, 50% Second French oak
Medium toast: Allier, Vosges and Tronçais Forests
Barrel Aging: 16 Months
This spectacular wine is the proverbial velvet fist in an iron glove, with a hearty fruit core of Santa Rosa plum, red currant and raspberry, all framed by ripe, yet substantial, tannins and toasty French oak-inspired notes of vanilla. The complexity builds throughout the mid-palate and finish, where hints of supple leather mingle with a mélange of exotic spices, including cardamom, cinnamon and anise.
After a cold, dry winter, we did extensive pruning to delay budbreak until the optimal time. Early spring rains and warm weather produced ideal conditions from bloom through fruit set. Though we set a larger-than-normal crop, the clusters were dense and compact with abundant small berries, which is perfect for high-quality wine. Warm summer days, cool nights and clockwork fog allowed for slow, even ripening and the retention of acidity. We harvested block-by-block over an almost languid two-month period. Like the Anderson Valley itself, the resulting wines are pure and complex, balancing a natural richness with a rustic elegance.