2019 Valerie’s Vineyard, Carneros Pinot Noir
14.2% Alc. 55 cases
I am honored to be continuing the tradition of responsible, organic farming practices put in place by the Coats family almost two decades ago when this vineyard was planted. Picked in the middle of the night, we sorted once in the vineyard and the twice in the winery to assure only the best quality fruit was included in our fermentations. Using the native yeast coming in from the with the grapes, we allow the vineyard to show its true identity within every fermentation. I have also employed the use of 50% whole cluster fermentations in combination with aging in 20% New French Oak for 16 months to ensure a true representation of the vineyard.
There is delicate balance between elegance and power in the 2019 Valerie’s Vineyard Pinot Noir. Rich black fruits coupled with a long silky mouthfeel make for a complete and enjoyable wine young or in the next five years. These flavors persist on the palate and pair well with the smooth tannins and depth of flavor found in the finish.