All of our Pinot Noir is handpicked into 25-pound totes, then hand sorted & de-stemmed at our four level gravity flow winery. Fermentations are long and careful. By December, all of the wine was safely in barrel. We use approximately 20% new oak with our Pinot Noir, which allows the character of the wine and vintage to show through. Our barrels are custom made for us in Burgundy, using oak from France's best forests.
2012 was an exciting growing season, and the wines are already showing their pedigree. The overall warmth of the growing season, finishing with an extended dry period, were the signature for the exceptional vintage. In contrast to the cooler 2010 and 2011 vintages, 2012 delivered gorgeous, ripe fruit, with wonderfully intense flavors.
Our 2012 Dundee Hills Pinot Noir is opulent, ripe and structured, a superb combination of full flavor, intensity, and backbone. Its color is beautifully deep and concentrated. Subtle floral notes of lilac and rose petal lead into complex aromas of earth, black cherries, cranberry, black tea, allspice and clove. Full bodied and harmonious, the mid palate is layered with sweet, supple fruit and flavors of pomegranate and cherry. Although young, I find extraordinary balance already between the fine tannins and bright, energizing lift of vibrant red fruit and acidity. This is a wine that will be exciting to follow as it passes the 5, 10 and 15 year marks.