Varietal Content: 100% Pinot Noir; Cooperage: 55% New, 45% Second Vintage French oak; Medium toast: Allier, Vosges and Tronçais Forests
Situated in the deep end of the valley, The Narrows Vineyard exists at the extreme edge of cool-climate viticulture, where it produces a wild and lovely wine unlike any other in our portfolio. Earthy and primal on the entry with peaty forest floor, mushroom, and juniper notes, this is a wine as complex as it is rustic. Appealing blue fruit flavors reveal themselves on the mid-palate, along with hints pennyroyal and vanilla that carry through to a thoughtful finish.
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.