2014 Fox Den Vineyard Pinot Noir

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Tasting Notes

Another dry winter and continued drought conditions led to an early harvest and intense phenolic development. The deep ruby color excites while the dark cherry and blueberry aromas allure. Digging deeper, tantalizing aromas of toffee and butterscotch from the oak aging are exposed. On the palate, the entry is rich and firm, followed by sweet blueberry compote and mouth coating soft tannins. Continually balanced throughout on its characteristic acid backbone, this wine finishes with rich blueberry and spice, leaving you ready to line up for the ride all over again. Ready to drink now for the fruit-forward-enthusiast, this wine will also continue to gain complexity over the next 10 years.

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Winemaker's Notes

At Dutton-Goldfield, our pinot is hand sorted and destemmed into small open top fermenters and the must is then cold-soaked for 5 days to gently extract color, spice and fruit characters, while mitigating harsher tannins. The three blocks at Fox Den were fermented and barreled separately to optimize what we most love about each, then blended to our tastes in June of 2015. The core of the 2014 is the plush, more strawberry 777, then half as much of the blackberry, focused 667 clone. One of the pleasures of the spring blending is getting to hone barrel choices. Fox Den is all about the floral notes of Remond Trancais, but Taransaud holds down the bass tones, and Rousseau adds structure. The wine was bottled in January 2016 after 16 months in oak.

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2014 Fox Den Vineyard Pinot Noir

Technical Data

Alcohol: 13.8%
TA: 6.70 gm/Lit.
pH: 3.41
Winemaking: Open top fermentation, cold soak, punch down
Barrel Aging: Aged 16 months in French oak (55% new barrels)

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