Varietal Content: 100% Pinot Noir; Cooperage: 100% French oak, 50% new, 50% Second vintage; Medium toast: Allier, Vosges and Tronçais Forests
Sourced from some of the oldest vines on any of our estate vineyards, our Confluence Lower Bench Pinot Noir is composed primarily of Pommard and Swan clone grapes that express themselves with an abundance of generous dark fruit, moist earth and wild mushroom flavors. This deep, nuanced wine also displays a rustic, savory edge that echoes the redwood forests surrounding the vineyard.
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.