The aroma of the 2017 Whole Cluster Cuvée Pinot Noir explores your favorite spice cabinet, with notes of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg, and candied fruit. Flavors of red raspberry and strawberry are complemented by delicate hints of green peppercorns and subtle spice notes, the intriguing result of fermenting the fruit with stems intact.
The wine showcases a perfect marriage between whole-cluster fermentation and the volcanic soils of the Dundee Hills. Sturdy tannins serve as structural pillars and suggest that these delicate flavors will only persist and evolve gracefully over time. The many intricacies of this finesse-driven wine are lifted beautifully by a healthy touch of new French oak (30 percent).