Bright red fruit characteristics emerge
along with deep color, lush body, touches
of vanilla and spearmint followed by
delicate strawberry fl avor. This is a foodfriendly
wonder child that can stand up
to lamb or roast beef yet won’t overpower
lighter fi sh or pasta dishes.
Grapes were hand-harvested, destemmed
and pumped directly to
stainless steel fermenting tanks. Wine
yeast was introduced and fermentation
began. The cap of grape solids was
“pumped over” three times a day to
extract color and fl avor and wines were
pressed shortly after dryness then settled
and racked. Aging took place for six
months in 30% new French dark toasted
oak imparting slight vanilla and toffee
fl avors careful not overpower the delicate
spearmint and strawberry of this varietal.
A nice companion to roast beef and
chicken, grilled salmon or a cherry tart.
|Wine maker notes
|Our Pinot Noir vineyards are planted in the Petaluma Gap blocks of the Sonoma Coast appellation, and on a hillside with southwestern exposure on our Estate in Sonoma-Carneros. The PetGap vineyards vary from shallow hillsides to deeper and richer valley plantings. The Carneros vineyards are planted in rocky soil and produce small but intensely-flavored yields. These cool growing regions are known for producing some of
California’s finest Pinot Noir.
|This Pinot Noir has good body and deep color. True to the varietal, it has notes of spearmint and lilac, and subtle flavors of vanilla from oak aging. This complex and versatile wine pairs well with foods like lamb, braised meats, or grilled salmon.