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2014 Pinot Noir
Our 2014 Pinot Noir is a deep and brilliant red-rubis colored wine that exhibits wild red and black berry aromas with hints of clove spice and toasted oak.
Hand crafted in very limited quantities, our still wines are sold exclusively through our visitor center in Rutherford and through our loyal club membership. In 2014 we crafted a wonderful Estate Pinot Noir from grapes farmed at our Devaux Ranch, in the Napa Valley area of the Carneros appellation.
This 2014 vintage is elegant and complex, with a silky texture. It is dense and layered with soft tannins surrounding a crisp and refreshing acid structure. The finish is long, with a nice balance of red berries and spices with notes of cranberry, red plums, and fresh cedar wood. This wine already displays a great intensity and a long finish, but it should benefit from 3 to 5 years of cellar aging in order to soften the tannins and enhance its mouthfeel complexity.Download Fact Sheet
The cool climate of the Carneros appellation creates a perfect environment for a slow and even ripening with tremendous berry flavor concentration into small clusters with tiny berries. The fruit was picked by hand early in the morning and delivered cold to the winery. As soon as the whole-cluster grapes are delivered, they are gently destemmed without crushing in order to keep a high rate of whole berries inside the fermentation tank. During cold maceration, intense and bright fruit flavors are extracted from the berries skin and pulp, as well as the vibrant red-rubis color pigments from the skins. The wine is separated from the skins towards the end of fermentation, and the clear juice is then racked into French oak barrels to finish fermentation and slowly mature over a period of 10 months. The wine is racked and lightly filtered just before bottling.Download Fact Sheet
This wine is wonderful for an intimate dinner party and should be served with hearty dishes such as wild mushroom risotto, lamb shanks, veal, and pasta dishes in creamy sauces, as well as cheeses like Emmental, Morbier and Limburger.Download Fact Sheet
Facts & Figures
BLEND 100% Pinot Noir
TA 6.4 g/l
AGING POTENTIAL 3-5 yearsDownload Fact Sheet