This Pinot Noir expresses itself with an herbal spiciness accentuated by heady red and blue fruit. When tasting it we pick out dried thyme and sage along with red fruit, blueberry, and baked rhubarb. You’ll notice round red fruit on the palate with a cranberry jam mid palate and a hint of peppery spice, along with ample but smooth and soft mouth-filling tannins. It has a medium body with lingering milk chocolate finish.
We harvested these grapes from the shadiest blocks of the vineyard, with a lower solar index. Those grapes were less impacted by afternoon sun and ultimately less ripe so we could achieve a more refined balance in the wine. We retained 20% whole clusters and 100% whole berries for fermentation. The result was a partial carbonic fermentation that played up the red fruit and soft tannic profile, and additional complexity added by the stems. After fermentation the wine aged for a time in barrel sur lie (on the lees, which are primarily comprised of the expired yeast cells) during which we practiced battonage (stirring the lees back into the wine) monthly to enhance the wine’s luxurious mouthfeel.
Mica suggests pairing this wine with bacon wrapped figs for an easy appetizer pairing. For a main course pairing play up the red fruit profile of this wine with a cherry stuffed pork loin. Duck confit or Duck a l’Orange would also be very hedonistic and satisfying pairings!
About Pinot Noir Clones
All grape varieties have subtly different variants, or clones, but none more than Pinot Noir. Clones are cuttings of a grape vine that are propagated in perpetuity by taking cuttings and grafting onto rootstock. Dozens of Pinot Noir clones exist, many from Burgundy. Most Pinot Noirs are a blend of clones, which is seen as creating a whole greater than its parts. We selected two Dijon (Burgundian) clones for this wine. Clone 667 is known for aromatic and tannic finesse, while 777 is known for elegant power.
Aged in 80% new French Oak, medium plus toast, for 6 months.
Double Gold, Best of Class - El Dorado County Fair Commercial Wine Competition 2022
100% Pinot Noir, clones 777 and 667
229 cases produced