2015 Pinot Noir 75% Whole Cluster
neutral French oak
Aromas of raspberry, plum, and earth lead into a mouthful of red berry fruits--strawberry, cranberry, and cherry with baking spice accents, leather, and peat. Fuller on the palate, with silky broad 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 75% whole clusters were layered into the bottom of the vat, topping with 25% 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.