The grapes for this wine come from Pinot Noir Blocks 3 and 6, which are located closest to Redwood Creek, west of the town of Napa, within the Hendry vineyard. The climate here is moderated by morning fog with the surrounding hills protecting this Block from the afternoon maritime breeze. The Riparia Gloire roots in Block 3 were grafted with the Dijon 115 clone spaced 7’ x 5’ and are cordon trained and spur pruned. A six-foot, modified vertical trellis system supports the cordons and canopy.
In 2010, bud break in the Pinot Noir Blocks occurred March 20-23. Bloom was complete by May 30th. Harvest was September 9-23, with a yield of less than 2 tons per acre. Alcoholic fermentation was completed in approximately one week using natural yeasts. At dryness, the wine was pressed and put into 2 and 3 year old barrels for malolactic fermentation and aged for 11 months.
Brilliant pale ruby color and immediate pretty Pinot Noir aromas. Aromas are floral, smoky and reflective of our unique “transitional” climate zone between Carneros and the rest of Napa Valley. Balanced palate coverage and round cherry and light berry flavors. Very fine tannins. The minimal oak is subtle and integrated, adding an additional layer of complexity. Great value!
397 cases produced