This Pinot Noir offers alluring aromas of raspberries and cream, tart cherry, cranberry, licorice, and baking spice. On the palate, it is delicate, balanced, and incredibly delicious, with bright, generous layers of red berries and spice that drive to a long, elegant finish.
The fruit was gently destemmed into small open-top fermenters, using state-of-the-art equipment and procedures to avoid any pumping of the must. Inoculation with select yeast strains followed a three-day cold soak, and the caps were managed with a combination of pump-overs and punch-downs. This wine was aged for 10 months in French oak barrels—26% new and 14% one year old—which enhanced the deep color and broadened the palate of this lovely wine. It was bottled on August 31st, 2021.
The season began with a warm winter with no frost issues and a mild spring that resulted in a nice, even fruit set. While the summer was quite warm, there were only a couple of short heat spikes, which ensured that the grapes were able to fully ripen while retaining the natural acidity we love. As a result, our crop was balanced and healthy, yielding wines with vibrant flavors and excellent depth and energy. Fruit for our Anderson Valley Pinot was sourced from Day Ranch Vineyard Block 2.11 and 2.18, which are planted to Clones 667, 115, and 91. Harvest occurred between September 17th and 21st, 2020.
Though we have made a vineyard designate wine from Day Ranch for years, 2020 marks our first Anderson Valley AVA designated wine. Day Ranch is planted on an alluvial terrace that abuts a mountainside just 15 miles from the Pacific Ocean. This wild, rustic terroir yields a complex and distinctive expression of Pinot Noir.