2016 Estate Pinot Noir
The 2016 vintage benefitted from an early spring and a warm, but not hot summer and fall. This allowed us to pick beautiful, luscious fruit in early September, a record for us. The fruit was uniformly pristine when it arrived at the winery with intense ripe fruit flavors and big, full clusters. We did 25-30% whole-cluster fermentation.
Nearly 75% of the fruit is Pommard (much of the Dijon 777 went into our Pearl White Pinot Noir). The wine was aged in 20% new French oak barrels and 50% one-year-old barrels. The result is a deep, rich wine with extraordinary structure and texture which over three years in the bottle has only accentuated. One of our biggest, most complex wines to date, it is superb now and will only get better.