2017 Las Brisas Vyd Pinot Noir

CARNEROS
$50.00 per bottle   /   $42.50 club price
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91 points, James Suckling

This Las Brisas Pinot Noir has aromatic layers of mixed berry compote, bright red cherries, strawberry rhubarb pie, wild game, toasted brioche, and a hint raspberry coulis. On the palate, strawberry jam intermingles with white pepper, cassis, berry tart, and dried cherries which 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 16 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 (35% 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 2017, 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 5th, 2017.

WINE FACTS

Winemaker: Jason Moulton

Appellation: Carneros, Las Brisas Vineyard

Blend: 100% Pinot Noir