2008 Pinot Noir Cardiac Hill 3pk
Includes three bottles of Cardiac Hill Pinot Noir from the highly praised 2008 vintage.
Description: Planted in 1995, with Pommard and Dijon 115 clones, Cardiac Hill is the steepest hillside in our vineyard. The Willakenzie soil has ribbons of red and gold clay that contribute to the low vigor at this site. At 1,088 vines/acre, the vine density is 25% higher than in the Main blocks.
Vintage Notes: Fruit set was poor due to rain during bloom. The growing season was late, with temperatures below average. Due to cool growing conditions, the vineyard was thinned to one cluster per shoot in all Pinot Noir blocks. The fall was cool and dry, allowing for extended hang time. Low cluster weights and significant bird damage further diminished crop levels.
Winemaking Notes: The fruit was destemmed to a 1.5-ton fermenter. 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.
Tasting Notes: 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.
Serving Suggestions: Decant if consumed at release. Serve with roasted poultry, lamb, grilled salmon, or filet mignon and mushrooms. Drink over the next 8-10 years.