100% Pinot Noir
55% New, 45% Second Vintage French oak
Medium toast: Allier, Vosges and Tronçais Forests
Barrel Aging: 16 Months
This is an intense, opulent Pinot Noir that immediately commands your attention with a cornucopia of vivid plum, wild berry and black cherry flavors that sweep across the palate like waves along the rugged Mendocino Coast. Additional layers of violet and clove add complexity to this blockbuster wine and contribute to a compelling finish. Though rich, robust and exciting now, this wine possesses the stuffing to age for a decade or more.
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.