2016 HRW Pinot Noir


Grapes for the HRW wines—as for all of our wines—are grown here on our family ranch. The grapes for this wine come mainly from Pinot Noir Blocks 3 and 30, 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. Press wine from Block 25 was also included.

The Riparia gloire roots are grafted to a variety of clones, including Dijon 115 and the Joseph Swan selection. They are spaced 7’ x 5’ and are bilateral cordon trained and spur pruned. In 2016, median budbreak in the Pinot Noir Blocks occurred March 15th- 23rd. Bloom was complete by May 14th, veraison by July 19th. Average yield in the Pinot Noir blocks is less than 2 tons per acre. Low yields are vital to maintaining fruit concentration in all of our Pinots.

Alcoholic fermentation was completed in approximately one week using indigenous yeasts. At dryness, the wine was pressed and put into 2-and-3-year-old barrels for malolactic fermentation and aged for 11 months.

Pretty cranberry (ruby-garnet) color. Cherry, spice and cranberry aromas. Light-to-medium-bodied. Sour cherry, baking spice on the palate, with bittersweet fruit watermelon candy on the finish. Wild mushroom pizza, herbed, oven-roasted chicken, a seared duck breast or any lighter grilled meats would all make good partners for this pretty, delicate, everyday wine.  


Wine Specs

Alcohol: 14.6%
TA: 6.1
VA: .78
Cases Produced: 356

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