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2016 Pinot Noir

2016 Pinot Noir
2016 Pinot Noir

2015 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley

Tasting notes

On the nose, notes of cranberry, black cherry, dried rose petals mix with toast oak aromas. On the palette it is full and round with red berry fruit blackberry, cherry, and anise complete each sip, with hints of vanilla bean and wood spices on the finish. The excellent weight and balanced acidity gives a wonderful shape on the palate. This wine is tasting delicious now and will continue to age and develop even more secondary aromas and flavors over the next few years.

Production notes

Harvest 2016

The 2016 vintage was an excellent growing season in Sonoma, CA and it started out as the previous four vintages with a warm and dry winter. Above average temperatures and modest rainfall in the winter months brought a normal bud break in all growing regions. The main difference in this growing season was cooler temperatures in late February and increasing rain totals in March that helped slow down vegetative growth. The net result was a slightly longer vegetative cycle, a slower grape maturation cycle, and therefore a later harvest compared to 2015. These events allowed for perfect maturation of the grape tannins and flavor development. Flowering happened under normal conditions with a slight cooling trend in May, which ultimately prevented blockbuster yields. Temperatures after fruit set were normal, but as veraison approached there were a few heat spikes that jump-started the ripening process. Overall, the wines from the 2016 vintage exhibit wonderfully polished tannins due to long and slow grape maturation on the vine.

Vintage2016
VarietalPinot Noir
Varietal Composition100% Pinot Noir
AppellationRussian River Valley
Harvest Date09/09/2016
AcidTA 6.1
PH3.74
Aging18 Month French Oak
FermentationOpen top
Residual Sugar<0
Alcohol14.20%
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date06/10/2018
Cases Produced400
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