This 100% Pinot Noir cuvée is made from Pinot Noir clones grown within a cool microclimate in El Dorado. The vineyard is in the heart of Camino just under 3000 ft. on a north facing slope overlooking the South 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 100% French oak with about 25% new. the wine was aged for 18 months before bottling.
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 fairly soft it is full in body for Pinot, the tannic structure is firm enough to cellar for several years. Lively acidity on the finish adds vibrancy and makes it an ideal accompaniment to grilled salmon, roasted fowl or pork loin.