2016 Classic Estate Pinot Noir


Looking back on 2016, we’re quickly reminded of the year’s ideal growing conditions whenever we open a bottle of this Classic Pinot Noir. Warm afternoons and cool nights played a big part in providing us with balanced, ripe fruit grown on our Estate Twin Creeks Vineyards.

At harvest, we crushed and destemmed the Pinot Noir before cold-soaking it in fermenting bins. This allowed us to extract more color before fermentation starts. As the wine fermented, we performed three punch-downs a day then racked the free run wine into barrel. After extended barrel and bottle aging, this Classic Pinot Noir delivers a beautiful bouquet of violets, sweet oak, red fruit and a hint of cola. On the palate, there are notes of cherries, rose hips, and allspice. Our Pinot Noir finishes wonderfully balanced, pairing well with a wide variety of foods: salmon, duck, ham, and filet mignon.

Alcohol: 13.7%
Harvested: September 1-19, 2016, 24.6 Brix
Production: 760 cases produced

VINEYARDS 100% Estate Twin Creeks, Edna Valley AVA

CLONES 54% Martini, 31% 2A, 15% #113

AGING 35 Barrel Blend, 25% New French Oak, Aged 10 Months in Barrel