18 monts in 25% new French oak barrels
2009 Pinot Noir Cardiac Hill
Clear garnet, with aromas of black cherries, cloves, and notes of maple, mint, and stem. On the palate, this wine shows mellow acidity and integrated tannins, with flavors of cherry cola and plum, and spicy black currant emerging in a very long finish.
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.
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.