2014 Pinot Noir 25% Whole Cluster
neutral French oak
Opens with aromas of tobacco, espresso, and peat. Pie cherry, raspberry, and plum emerge on the palate, supported by bright acidity in the midpalate, integrated tannins, and a very long finish.
Own-rooted estate vines planted 1985-1988; Wädenswil, Pommard, and Gamay Beaujolais upright clones.
The grapes were harvested, sorted, and 25% whole clusters were layered into the bottom of the vat, topping with 75% destemmed fruit. Cold soaks lasted 4-7 days. When fermentation began, the vats were punched down and pumped over, twice daily and pressed at dryness. The wine settled overnight before racking to neutral French oak barrels, and aged until bottling the winter of 2016.