Our 2015 Whole Cluster Cuvée Pinot Noir opens with enticing aromas of dried Mission fig, strawberry
and fresh mint swirled around notes of root beer and forest floor. The opulent, juicy palate captivates
with mouth coating notes of tobacco and Brandy soaked cherry, supported by fresh minerality and finegrained tannins on the mid-palate, creating a finesse that lasts throughout the enduring, elegant finish.
Our Whole Cluster Cuvée is a blend of estate Pinot Noir utilizing the Old World technique of
conducting primary fermentation while grapes are still attached to their stems. This technique
offers a unique aroma profile and texture derived from the inclusion of woody stem material into the
fermentation and results in wines of great depth, personality and lasting character.
Fruit for the 2015 vintage was hand picked between September 10th and 23rd. The fruit was hand sorted
and soaked cold for five to ten days, after which native yeast fermentation was allowed to proceed under
temperature-controlled conditions with 65% whole cluster contribution in stainless steel open-top
fermentors. During primary fermentation, tanks were punched down up to two times per day. After
limited post-fermentation maceration, the wine was sent via gravity to 38% new French oak barrels
and aged for 9 months, then the wine was racked and transferred to older barrels for four months of
additional barrel aging.