2016 Young Vines Pinot Noir
Ripe red cherry and approachable candied fruit make the young vines our most approachable wine, especially upon release. The freshness balance of acid and ripe fruit make "young vines" a favorite for lighter fare and as an aperitif.
The newest Pinot Noir blocks are comprised of 3 clones; 458, Calera, & 828. Situated on a slight south facing slope, these are the closest Pinot Noir vines to the winery. The 828 block in-particular has done exceptional while the other two clones have struggled with both low yield and early maturity. The 828 has exemplified what the "young vine" program has hoped to accomplish, producing less age-worthy wines that are a value for their fruit intensity and approachability.
2016 vintage was an exceptional year after having seen steady rains following a 4 year drought. We saw from the rainy off season a better balance and overall vine health in the growing season, contributing to one of the better vintages in memorable history. As harvest came, we were able to extend hangtime where needed to, working with a mild break in the heat midway through harvest. By all acounts 2016 will be a standout vintage!
Night picked by hand from our Block D 828. We vinified in a small 4 ton open top stainless tank and the subsequent pick in a 1.5 ton fermentor. Pinot Noir was inoculated with commercial yeast strain after a 4 and 3 day cold soaks, respectively. Our pump-over regime(and for the 1 tone fermentor punch down) focus on early extraction and minimizing pump-overs to 1x day at the later stages. Press wine is segregated and freerun is barreled down. All lots went through the completion of MLF soon after primary and these barrels were among the first to enter the barrel cellar.