2015 Deviate Pinot Noir


Tasting Notes

With the 2015 crop severely limited as a result of the spring rains hindering pollination, the remaining grapes were especially concentrated with flavor this vintage. This shows through perfectly in our Deviate, which is already a bold wine, making it even more dense and rich. At the same time, the wine remains pretty with its leading aromas of blackberry blossoms and violets. The rich, absorbing aromas continue with loads of blueberry and red currant fruit. The entry is exceptionally luxurious, enveloping your tongue with black raspberry jam fringed by earthy notes of tobacco, cedar and black tea. The finish is long and lingering with dark berries accented by floral flourishes. You’ll want an equally rich and mouth-filling dish to accompany this wine, like gnocchi with a meat sauce, veal scaloppini or balsamic soaked Asiago cheese.

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. The lots are punched down between 1 and 3 times per day depending on the stage of fermentation, and character of the lot. With this wine, we chose barrels to accentuate the roundness and spice of the wine. Instead of choosing one signature barrel, we spread out to three of our favorite barrels with big personality. The Seguin Moreau Icone barrel brings out the earthy mushroom quality of the wine, the Hermitage adds its spicy boldness, and Taransaud chimes in with its beautiful base notes of richness. We bottled the wine in February of 2017.

Awards & Accolades

95 Wine Enthusiast

95 PinotFile

92 Planet Grape

91 Connoisseurs' Guide

2015 Deviate Pinot Noir

Technical Data

Alcohol: 14.5%
TA: 6.8 gm/Lit.
pH: 3.49
Winemaking: Open top fermentation, cold soak, punch down
Barrel Aging: Aged 15 months in French oak (55% new barrels)


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