2013 Pinot Noir, Estines Vineyard
Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle
The Estines vineyard is three acres of certified organic vines along Olivet Road in the heart of Russian River Valley. We ferment the crushed grapes in small, one-ton, open top fermenters. The small tanks allow us to closely control the fermentation temperature. We press out each lot as it reaches dryness, in a small basket press to ensure gentle pressing and avoid extracting tannin. The pressed wine goes into 50% new French oak barrels for 18 months. This wine tastes great now, but we know from experience that it always tastes its best five years from the vintage. Now it is showing notes of cranberry and black cherry with warm hints of coffee, tobacco and clove. A deeper, richer Pinot Noir due to the Dijon clones grown on the small vineyard.
Less than 500 cases produced