Varietal Content: 100% Pinot Noir; Cooperage: 100% French oak, 50% new, 50% Second Vintage; Medium toast: Allier, Vosges and Tronçais Forests
Planted primarily to Dijon clones, our Confluence Hillside Pinot Noir comes from the first grapes harvested from our estate vineyards in any given year. This wine has a silkiness and floral, strawberry streak that dances delicately on the palate leading to a lingering acidity reminiscent of a tart apple strudel.
An extremely dry winter was followed by just enough spring rain to carry us through to a successful harvest. With very few frost days, the fruit set was excellent throughout our estate vineyards. To ensure a perfectly sized, well-balanced crop we were very active in fruit dropping. The remaining clusters were compact, with the abundant small berries that are perfect for high-quality wine. We started harvest 10 days earlier than normal, during a period of ideal temperate weather that allowed us to pick at a leisurely pace, while ensuring optimal ripeness. The resulting wines are marked by a complexity only achieved in cooler years with coursing acidity, beautiful high-toned fruit and nuanced minerality.