2014 Emerald Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir

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Tasting Notes

The 2014 season gave us the most physiologically ripe grapes we’ve ever seen. The early budbreak and veraison led to an early harvest, bringing in all the blocks from Emerald between August 25 and September 10. The wines from this vintage are especially rich and ripe, and the Emerald Ridge Pinot may be the poster child for that. We just loved the ebullient fruit in this wine for 2014, so bottled the wine after only 10 months in oak to showcase that luscious character. The nose is enveloping with its blueberry and blackberry jam notes, highlighted by touches of violets and wisteria, and a light candied caramel quality. In the mouth, the wine is equally rich and decadent, with the berries riding on a wave of satin. Spicy notes of sandalwood and toffee linger on the rich fruit finish. Herb rubbed quail or mushroom risotto would be a great match, as would a peppercorn chevre that echoes the savory/sweet nature of the wine. As easy as this wine goes down, though, you might not have any left in the bottle by dinner time.

Winemaker's Notes

After hand sorting and destemming each block into small open top fermenters, the must is cold-soaked for 5 days in order to gently extract color, spice and fruit characters, while mitigating harsher tannins. Each clone is treated individually: the Pommard/2A block needs the gentlest handling given its highly tannic nature, while the 828 generally likes the longest time in the fermenter to enhance its floral aromatics. The lots are punched down between 1 and 3 times per day depending on the stage of fermentation, and character of the lot. The blend was put together in May of 2015, then sent back to barrel just bottling in August of 2015 to capture the bright, fresh juiciness of this vintage. This year we loved the floral spice of Cadus Allier barrels, and the solid bass notes of Taransaud for our Emerald Ridge.

Awards & Accolades

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2014 Emerald Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir

Technical Data

Alcohol: 13.9%
TA: 6.0 gm/Lit.
pH: 3.67
Winemaking: Open top fermentation, cold soak, punch down
Barrel Aging: Aged 10 months in French oak (50% new barrels)

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