2013 Emerald Ridge Vineyard Pinot Noir
We love making this wine more and more every year. It exemplifies our favorite Green Valley Pinot Noir characters with its core of berry fruit, solid structure and acidity, silky tannins, and an evolving nature in the glass. The vineyard is situated on an east facing knoll the middle of Green Valley. In 2001, Steve planted its perfectly drained Gold Ridge sandy loam soil to several Pinot clonal blocks. Dan has chosen to use three to consider for this special offering: the mixed block of Pommard and 2A, which produces deep, dark and chewy wine (there’s always something special about mixed clone fermentations); the 667 block, which adds focus and precise berry fruit; and the 828 block, providing ebullient freshness and solid structure. This luxurious blending flexibly has enabled our archetype Green Valley Pinot offering. This year the wine was constructed from twelve barrels of the 828 block, nine of the 2A/Pommard, and three of the 667, to provide us a wine with the crystalline fruit focus and luscious pleasure that we adore from this neighborhood. This wine is gorgeous now, but also has so much potential apparent ahead. The signature blueberry character that we’ve come to associate with the vineyard makes its presence known immediately in the nose, along with black raspberry and toffee notes to round out the decadent aromatics. The first sip strikes you with its silkiness and opulence, with baking spices draping the dark berry flavors. The blackberry is accented by lovely floral notes of violets, and the finish continues the sweet berry theme to the end. This is a wine that you want to ponder over the course of the evening, learning its secrets. If you need some sustenance to get you by, we recommend sultry, herbal meat dishes to compliment the mystery of the wine. 682 cases produced.
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