Passion Pinot Noir 2018
Passion is a supple, single-vineyard, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.
Passion Pinot Noir 2018 shows a medium-dark ruby hue. The soft bouquet is divided among red and black fruits, violet and spice aromatics.
On the palate, this wine is well-defined with a powerful body. It is delicate and sensual with succulent fruit qualities expressing nice red fruit and blueberry character then a very satisfying perfect balance of acidity coats the mouth - a luscious Pinot Noir.
As a food wine Passion will do justice to strong-flavored meats like venison or feathered game like duck, turkey or goose, braised, in sauce, or simply grilled.
For domesticated dishes, Peking duck or a nice cut of roast veal or pork will be gently enveloped by the close-packed but elegant tannins of this elegant Pinot Noir.
Cases produced = 883. No allergens were used in the making of this wine.
The perfectly completed phenolic maturity of the grapes allowed manual picking when perfectly ripe, sorting, destemming, then cold pre-fermentation maceration.
After the cold soak time comes alcoholic fermentation during which the tannins are extracted. Extraction is done by punching down the grape skin cap to the bottom of the tank. Fermentations were rich, powerful and the wine was introduced into the barrels where malolactic fermentation takes place, adding suppleness and smoothness during the aging interval.
The new wine has a deep purple color, a bouquet that exhales fruit and ample tannins in the mouth. There is no trace of over-ripeness, with all the opulence and richness of extreme maturity.
After the stress of 2017 including the fires, we hoped for a more relaxed harvest this year, and Mother Nature delivered. The 2018 vintage required patience in the growing cycle because the development and flavor maturation took extra time, then rain in early October was followed by dry spells and moderate heat, rewarding our patience and the courage it took to wait for exactly the right time to harvest.
Matured in some new French oak with the majority being neutral Burgundy barrels.