2016 Las Brisas Pinot Noir

NAPA VALLEY
$50.00 per bottle   /   $42.50 club price
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This scintillatingly balanced Pinot Noir has aromatic layers of bright red cherries, fresh notes of wild strawberries, cherry lollipop, wild game, and a hint of violets. On the palate, strawberry jam intermingles with notes of vanilla and walnuts. Baking spices and redolent cherries burst from this wine with a textured, round mouthfeel and long structured finish.

WINEMAKER NOTES

The Pinot Noir clones harvested from Las Brisas Vineyard are the UCD 5 and Swan clones. The grapes were hand sorted before being open bin fermented for 12 days. In Burgundian winemaking fashion, we put 25% whole cluster Pinot Noir bunches in the fermenters, then destemmed on top of them. Manual punch downs during a warm fermentation provided increased flavor and color extraction. The whole cluster inclusion creates a textured mid-palate, with subtle peppery notes. This small lot was aged in French oak barrels (25% new) for 10 months.

THE VINTAGE

The breezes (las brisas) blowing off the San Pablo Bay in Carneros make the Las Brisas Vineyard ideal for growing Pinot Noir grapes. In 2016, these cool breezes were necessary for the development of the grapes during some summer days of higher heat. The fruit reached an early maturity but with exceptional flavors and the grapes were harvested on September 10th, 2016.

 

WINE FACTS

Winemaker: Jason Moulton

Appellation: Carneros, Las Brisas Vineyard

Blend: 100% Pinot Noir

Alcohol: 13.9%