Fruit for our 2011 Pinot Noir comes from Trout Creek in Summerland. This single-vineyard fruit was double sorted by hand to select only the best berries. Approximately 10% was fermented whole cluster, with the rest fermented whole berry to achieve maximum extraction of flavor and to handle this delicate varietal as gently as possible. The wine was aged for 12 months in 85% used French and American oak.
On the nose, this wine shows mostly bright, red fruit – strawberry and cherry – with a hint of oak. The red fruit is echoed on the palette. This Pinot is heavier in weight – a medium-bodied wine with nice acidity and extremely soft tannins. As always, we pride ourselves in making wines that pair well with food – this pinot is heavy enough to pair with roasted red meat as well as duck or grilled chicken. Try with any natural-rind cow or sheep’s milk cheese such as Comte (France), medium cheddar or Pecorino (Italy).
Only 100 cases produced.