Passion Pinot Noir 2019
Passion is a supple, single-vineyard, Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.
Passion Pinot Noir 2018 shows a perfect medium-dark ruby hue. Elegant and complex the bouquet reveals itself after some swirling in the as being divided among slight hints of coffee and light plums, violet and spice aromatics.
On the palate, this wine is well-defined, bright with tremendous energy and a powerful body delivering both elegance and length.
It is delicate and sensual with succulent fruit qualities expressing nice red fruit and blueberry character then a very satisfying perfect balance of nice acidity coats the mouth and carries through to a long lingering finish. Under the nice firmness of the tannins, passion burns, controlled by an implacable elegance - this is a lovely, luscious Pinot Noir.
As a food wine it goes without saying that 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 will be gently enveloped by the close-packed but elegant tannins of this elegant Pinot Noir.
Cases produced = 500. 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 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 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.
Following good winter rainfall and a cool spring, the 2019 summer growing season was near-perfect. Fortunately, the rain came when the flowers budded minimizing any shatter issues. The cool spring slowed down some of the fruit growth allowing the grapes time to develop and ripen, then the hotter August temperatures provided the right amount of stress at the right time for flavor development.
Matured in 100% French Oak: 40% New; 35% One Use; 25% Neutral