Varietal Content: 100% Pinot Noir; Cooperage: 100% French oak Burgundy-style barrels (228 liters), 60% New Oak, 40% Neutral; Medium toast: Allier, Vosges and Tronçais Forests
Split Rail Vineyard always delivers one of our most structured wines, and the 2014 vintage is no exception. Full-bodied and rich, this wine impeccably balances the structural and savory qualities that have made Anderson Valley Pinot Noir famous. The entry is lush and generous, marrying flavors of cherry, boysenberry and wild blackberry, with notes of cedar, spice and leather.
For the third year in a row, the Anderson Valley enjoyed an outstanding growing season in 2014. A dry winter was followed by a very wet early spring that ensured enough water for another successful vintage. The vines developed with excellent balance, providing compact clusters and small berries, which in turn led to excellent color, texture and flavors. Harvest began two weeks earlier than normal, with ideal weather conditions alternating between the 70s and 80s. With no threat of rain, we were able to pick all of our grapes exactly when we wished, resulting in complex and richly textured wines. Across the board, yields were lower than the two previous vintages, and quality was sky high.