2013 Stainless Pinot Noir
Exhibiting an incredible vibrant burgundy color in the glass, this young wine has classic Pinot Noir fruit characteristics of red cherry, plum and wild blackberry dominating the nose, with underlying varietal attributes of briar and forest floor. The palate is surprisingly full and round with bright fruit characteristics and hints of cotton candy, finishing clean and pure with lingering acidity.
Sourced from several vineyards on the Central Coast, this wine blends the high tone red fruit flavors from vineyards in northern San Luis Obispo County with the denser, more structured characteristics of the Edna Valley. 25% of the grapes in this wine were sourced from the Chamisal Vineyard.
2013 started with a dry winter that yielded only 8.5 inches of rain. A warm February initiated an early budbreak, and a continuing warmer-than-average growing season culminated in an early harvest. The dry weather and consistently warm temperatures through summer and fall with no heat waves allowed grapes to hang until optimum ripeness. This is a stunning vintage.
The Pinot Noir grapes were hand sorted and gently destemmed to maximize whole berries. Fermented in a combination of closed tanks and open-top fermentors using specialized yeasts, the berries were kept cool and covered with carbon dioxide for “carbonic maceration”. This fermentation in the absence of oxygen creates the very aromatic, lifted red fruit and candy apple character in this wine. Following fermentation, the wine was racked to a stainless steel tank before stabilization and bottling.
57% Clone 2A: This clone, originally from Switzerland, has plentiful red fruit aromatics and an extremely fruit forward flavor profile that make it very suitable for this style of wine. 43% Clone 115: The most popular of the Dijon clones of Pinot Noir, this is a good all-round performer, capable of making excellent stand-alone wines.
- Central Coast
- 100% Pinot Noir
- 2A, 115
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- Release Date:
- February 2014