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 2012, median bud break in the Pinot Noir Blocks occurred March 29th. Bloom was complete by May 20th. Veraison was completed by July 28th. Yields are managed at 2 tons per acre or less in the Pinot Noir blocks. 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.
Aromas move between smoky and bright, with clean, bright cherry preserves and watermelon candy. Clear, clean, brilliant ruby color. Light to medium body. Reflective of our unique “transitional” climate zone between cooler Carneros and the warmer Napa Valley. Very fine tannins, in balance with the mouthfeel. Has complexity and interest for this price level. Great value!
944 cases produced