18 months in 25% new French Oak barrels
2007 Pinot Noir Cardiac Hill
Our third bottling of Cardiac Hill Pinot Noir offers complex aromas and depth of flavor—red currants, pie cherries, cranberries, with hints of violets, tobacco, and marzipan. On the palate, this wine exhibits a delicate structure with lighter young tannins and bright acidity. At first, the flavors reveal pie cherries with sappy oak and white pepper. With time, red currant, raspberry, cranberry, plum, and cola emerge, with notes of creamy vanilla, almond, and a whisper of minerality. Spicy cherries underscore a very long finish.
Although it was planted in 1995, our first bottling of Cardiac Hill Pinot Noir wasn't until 2005. Cardiac Hill is a very steep hillside, with a higher amount of clay in the soil. The plants really had to struggle to mature enough to produce a significant crop--which took 10 years.
The grapes were destemmed into a 1.5-ton vat. Fermentation began after cold soaking for seven days. The fermentors were punched down twice daily until dry. When the cap fell, the vats were pressed. The wine was then aged in 25% new French oak barrels for 18 months.
Food Pairing Notes
Enjoy at cellar temperature with roasted poultry, braised pork, grilled mushrooms and salmon, or dark chocolate. Will age 10 years or more beyond vintage date.