The condensed cherry cola and pomegranate aromas on the nose of this bottling are delicately spiced with anise, hints of dried ginger, and cinnamon. The palate shows cherry and baking spices-accents to the bright fruit that rides a fine line between ripe and tart. Although light in body, the tannic structure is firm enough to cellar for decades. Lively acidity on the finish adds vibrancy and makes it as ideal accompaniment to grilled fowl or barbecued meats.
This 100% Pinot Noir cuvee is made from three Pinot Noir clones grown within a cool micro climate in
El Dorado County. The Duarte Georgetown Vineyard is a few miles North of the Georgetown just under 3000 ft. on a North facing slope overlooking the Middle Fork of the American River. The alpine breezes flowing down off the high Sierra cool these vineyards and allow these Pinot Noir grapes to mature slowly while retaining their natural acidity.
The grapes were sorted and de-stemmed. Musts were cold soaked for 3 days then inoculated with cultured yeasts.Manual punch downs were carried out three times a day, with a total maceration time of 14 days. I wanted to showcase the elegant fruit of Pinot Noir by aging in 85% Hungarian oak barrels with 15% New French oak. The wine was aged for 18 months before bottling.