Pacific Wind Pinot Noir 2019
The 2019 vintage was one of the coolest I have experienced in Edna Valley - the Pacific Wind certainly played its part in cooling the vines during the growing season. The grapes hung on the vine longer than past vintages to develop flavors and reach optimal ripeness. We pick the Pinot Noir grapes for this wine earlier than others to achieve a style of wine that reflects that Pacific wind that sweeps daily through the Edna Valley. The goal is to produce a wine that is graceful yet expansive on the palate. We apply a cool fermentation and gentle extraction rate to preserve the red fruit notes and showcase the acidity.
Nose: Black tea, paprika, beef bark, raspberry fruit leather, red apple peel, dried rose petal, and a hint of resin
Palate: The black tea and smokiness carry over to the palate with notes of pomegranate, rhubarb, and grapefruit pith, highlighting a bright acidity
92 PTS – Jeb Dunnuck – September 2021