The grapes for this Pinot Noir were hand-picked from the celebrated Durell Vineyard located in the Sonoma Valley. The wine exhibits dense black fruit, cherry and spicy flavors with a smooth velvety texture.
The 2015 growing season was another beautiful vintage with mild temperatures and no weather upsets throughout. The season got off to an early start in the spring and continued through to an early start of harvest with dry and uniform weather. The resulting grapes, although overall yields were slightly down, were of very high quality.
After primary fermentation, the wine was drained from the skins and sent to barrel the next day. Malolactic fermentation occurred in the barrels and lasted for a month. We were able to retain all of the fruit character from the vineyard and develop richness and integration with the oak components. The wine was aged in French oak for 16 months before the final blend was assembled and bottled.