2014 McDougall Vineyard Pinot Noir


Tasting Notes

The maturing vines at McDougall are providing us ever more luscious fruit each vintage. While this wine is always a great candidate for your cellar, proving to be beautifully ageworthy over the years, the 2014 is especially friendly and welcoming even in its youth. The succulent, rich blackberry and black cherry compote perfume of the nose jumps out of the glass to wrap you in its assertive embrace. An underlay of cedar and top notes of allspice add savory interest to the fruit. The lush berry flavors continue in the mouth, bringing on layers of black cherry, raspberry, and blackberry, along with sandalwood accents. The wine manages to be dark and broody and tart and bright at the same time, always one of our favorite aspects of a wine. The broad tannins carry the long bramble-berry finish to a sweet end. The depth of the wine makes it perfect for heartier cool-weather fare, like grilled flank steaks with salsa verde or Italian sausages with polenta. Don’t forget to get an extra case for your cellar so you can taste its progress over the next decade and beyond.

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Winemaker's Notes

After hand sorting and destemming into small open top fermenters, the must is coldsoaked for 7 days in order to gently extract color, spice and fruit characters, while mitigating harsher tannins. To further this aim, no SO2 was used at the crusher. We punch down 1 to 3 times daily, according to the stage of the fermentation (less often at later stages to avoid harsh tannin pickup), but treat it very gently given the inherently solid structure of the Sonoma Coast fruit. After fermentation, the wine is racked into French oak to age, then racked and blended once in the spring of 2015 to choose our favorite barrels, homogenize the blend, and hone our barrel choices for final aging until bottling in January of 2016. For this wine, we’ve chosen Taransaud as the signature barrel, for the way it rounds out the edges of this big bold wine.

Awards & Accolades

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91 Wine & Spirits 

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90 Connoisseurs Guide


2014 McDougall Vineyard Pinot Noir

Technical Data

Alcohol: 13.9%
TA: 6.3 gm/Lit.
pH: 3.58
Winemaking: Open top fermentation, cold soak, punch down
Barrel Aging: Aged 15 months in French oak (50% new barrels)

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