2016 Elizabeth Pinot Noir
Honey B Vineyard
September 13, 2016
August 30, 2017
Samba. Named for our version of the reverse turn, we mark our Pinot Noir by concentrated flavors and strength. Our hallmark dark berry fruit aromas and flavors have a richness and structure this year, that makes this Pinot stand tall. Make your move with a perfectly grilled lamb chop or savory stuffed mushrooms.
Although we experienced the third year of drought and received nearly 75% of normal precipitation for the year, our small clusters had highly concentrated flavors. An early bud break gave way to a cool spring with a long flowering period followed by somewhat uneven fruit set. Our yields were lowest with the Pinot Noir, and our harvest was early on all varietals by at least two weeks. The benefit of this season was staggered pick dates and time in the cellar to pay attention to every lot.
All of our fruit passes through a small de-stemmer and is never crushed. The fruit is harvested by hand with scissors, rather than knives, to prevent bruising and laceration. 70% whole berry fermentation with 4-7 days of cold soak and 15 – 20 days of skin contact account for a deeper color and richer flavor profile in the final wine. A gentle drain and press is followed by a gravity fed racking to barrel. Native inoculation of malolactic fermentation ensues and the wines are then bottled after 10 months in barrel.
1,753 cases (12 x 750ml)