18 months in 25% new French oak barrels
2008 Pinot Noir Cardiac Hill
Planted in 1995, Cardiac Hill is the steepest hillside in our vineyard. The vine density is 25% higher than in the Main blocks, and is composed of Pommard and Dijon 115 clones.
This ruby-red wine is very aromatic, with elements of fruit and earth. The aromas start out spicy, with notes of toasted oak, spice, cigar box and a hint of truffle. Time in the glass reveals more red berry notes, with cranberry, raspberry, and red currants. In the mouth, this wine is medium-bodied with lively acidity and a firm structure. Concentrated with dense layers, dark cherries and raspberries fill the front of the palate, followed by cola, beetroot, pepper, with a hint of stem and a very long finish.
The fruit was destemmed to a 1.5-ton fermentor. After a six-day cold soak, fermentation began. The vat was punched down 2-3 times daily until fermentation was complete; then once a day until the cap fell. The must was pressed, settled overnight, and then racked to 25% new French oak barrels. The wine was racked and blended the following spring, then returned to barrels for additional aging, 18 months total.
Food Pairing Notes
Serve with roasted poultry, lamb, grilled salmon, or filet mignon and mushrooms. Drink over the next 8-10 years.