Rapture Pinot Noir 2018
A Carneros Pinot Noir from warm summer days tempered by cool San Francisco Bay breezes adding complexity and spice into a mouth-filling Pinot.
The name Rapture is indicative of being carried away by ecstasy in tasting this overwhelming Pinot Noir.
You’ll get a sense of the soil by tasting this wine with its little spicy and earthy touches. Tight in the mouth with notes of berries and herbs, rather than anything deeper and more opulent. This low-alcohol wine is a little more traditional Burgundian than the more fruit-forward Pinot from the Russian River Valley.
Only 630 cases produced.
The fruit for the 2018 Rapture Pinot Noir was sourced from low-yielding vines of the "Bacchus" vineyard in the Los Carneros appellation, owned by our friends Dorothy and Cliff.
The south-facing vineyard is planted equally to three Dijon clones of Pinot Noir, including 667, 115, and Pommard, the combination providing the wine with vibrancy, poise, and intensity.
Making the 2018 Rapture Pinot Noir included 20% whole cluster, pre-fermentation maceration (cold soak) for five days, then fermentation in neutral red French Oak barrels using native yeast.
The result is a wine of finesse, with a deep crimson color and a purple rim. At such a young age, the wine is instantly personable with notes of lifted bright red fruits, with a full spectrum of flavors of rhubarb, plum, cherry on the palate. Layered and silky.
Los Carneros stretches across the southernmost sections of Napa and Sonoma Wine Country. This windswept area has more moderate temperature ranges than Sonoma coast producing more spicy and earthy flavors so the use of oak barrels must be carefully managed or the wine will loose its local character or sense of place.
Some new French oak with the majority being neutral Burgundy barrels.