100% Pinot Noir
100% French oak, 50% New, 50% Second Vintage
Medium toast: Allier, Vosges and Tronçais Forests
Barrel Aging: 16 Months
Planted in the rocky, sedimentary soils of an ancient riverbed, where the vines are forced to dig deep into the earth, the blocks selected for this wine yielded a Pinot Noir of great concentration. Made predominantly from Pommard and heirloom Martini clones, it reveals earthy, cigar-box flavors and a piney wildness that add depth to the velvety texture and voluptuous red berry flavors. The finish is framed by firm tannins that bode well for long-term aging.
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.