Passion Pinot Noir 2017
Passion is a supple, new world Pinot with a light color and an inviting “rose petal and soft cherry” nose.
Beautiful fruit approach with a darkness - blueberry character then the beautiful Pinot Noir - in the mouth very satisfying perfect balance of acidity coats the mouth - a lovely, luscious Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.
Passion has a light color and an inviting “rose petal” nose which may lead you to think this is just another “strawberry and cream” Pinot. - Think again! . . . this is a wow of a Russian River Valley Pinot but showing poise and grace instead of raw power.
On first taste it presents the illusion of a little sweetness but it soon surrounds your entire palate with its subtle brown spice and lush accents of red raspberry, cola, pine cone and dried thyme scents.
This wine was not blended - as the vineyard gives it to us we give it to you and only 700 cases were produced. The grapes are cold-soaked for pre-ferment maceration, fermented in small, temperature-controlled, open-top tanks with punch downs occurring as needed during fermentation followed by 30 to 45 days of post-ferment maceration, all designed to extract the maximum flavor and color from the grape skins without violating the cells or seeds. The free-run wine is then consigned to French oak Burgundy barrels for approximately 11 months.
The 2017 vintage exceeded our expectations on both quality and quantity. The overall vigor of this growing season was high which required vigilant canopy management.
By addressing canopy management and green fruit harvesting early we were able to significantly reduce pest pressure and encourage early fruit ripening. The final wine quality in tank was excellent.
100% French Oak: 40% New; 35% One Use; 25% Neutral