The Precious Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir is typically one of our most complex wines and the 2016 is no exception! With various degrees of sun exposure on the […]Read More
|Barrel Description||57% new, 43% 1 yr.|
|Barrel Aged||16 months|
The Precious Mountain Vineyard Pinot Noir is typically one of our most complex wines and the 2016 is no exception! With various degrees of sun exposure on the dry-farmed vines, the result is a multitude of aroma and flavor profiles. Notes of dark cherry, bergamot, flint, and dried herbs combine to offer a rather brooding aromatic profile. In the mouth, the tannins are robust and it is immediately clear that these grapes were grown on the challenging Sonoma Coast mountain tops. Berry flavors and Earl Grey tea complete the palate with flinty, smoky minerals on the finish.
The 2016 vintage was an excellent growing season, and started out as the previous four vintages; with a warm and dry winter. Above average temperatures and modest rainfall in the winter months brought a normal bud break in all growing regions. The main difference in 2016 was cooler temperatures in late February, and increasing rain totals in March that helped slow down vegetative growth. The net result was a slightly longer vegetative cycle, a slower grape maturation cycle, and therefore a later harvest compared to 2015. These events allowed for perfect maturation of the grape tannins and flavor development. Flowering happened under normal conditions with a slight cooling trend in May, which ultimately prevented blockbuster yields. Temperatures after fruit set were normal, but as veraison approached there were a few heat spikes that jumpstarted the ripening process. Harvest started with pleasant weather on August 10 in the Middle Reach Neighborhood vineyards (Westside Road). Weather in late August cooled, and by early September temperatures warmed up and dry conditions prevailed. The result was our core harvest was completed under ideal conditions by end of September. Overall, the wines from the 2016 vintage exhibit wonderfully polished tannins due to long and slow grape maturation on the vine.