Varietal Content: 100% Pinot Noir; Cooperage: 100% French oak, 50% new, 50% 2nd Vintage Medium toast: Allier, Vosges and Tronçais Forests
The hillside portion of our acclaimed Confluence Vineyard is always our first estate Pinot Noir harvested each year. Reflecting the site’s abundant sunshine and ideal growing conditions, this velvety textured wine gracefully glides across the palate, with silky tannins and excellent acidity supporting lovely floral and wild strawberry flavors.
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.