18 months in neutral French oak barrels
2013 Pinot Noir Cardiac Hill
Deep ruby, with blue/violet tones, this is an intensely floral and earthy Pinot Noir, with hints of anise and cherry cola. On the palate, the wine is dry, with youthful tannins and a mildly creamy texture. Initially, flavors of wild strawberries and cranberries, punctuated by earth and spice, fade to cherries in the long finish.
The Cardiac Hill block is the steepest hillside of vines in our estate vineyard. Planted in 1995, consisting of Pommard and Dijon 115 clones, the wines from this site are stressed due to the thin top soil, and proximity to a forested area.
The grapes were harvested by hand and destemmed to a 1-ton vat. Fermentation began after a seven-day cold soak, and the must was pumped over and punched down twice daily until dry. The must was pressed at dryness, and allowed to settle overnight before being racked to barrel for aging.