2018 Hellenthal Vineyard Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir

Hellenthal Vineyard

Fort Ross-Seaview

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SKU: 09533.18
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  • Tasting Notes
    This wine has an alluring ruby red color and delicate red fruit aromas, with graceful notes of Rainier cherry and hints of bramble from whole-cluster fermentation. The pure, red berry notes continue on the palate, where a supple texture and layers of black tea and tobacco leaf add depth and sophistication as the wine draws to a long, resonant finish.
  • Wine Origin
    The 2018 growing season began with warm winter weather, before things turned cool and rainy in February, which prevented an early budbreak. While the rains continued, things warmed up again in March, providing ideal nutrients and growing conditions for the vines. From June onwards, the weather was lovely and temperate, with sunny days and cool nights ensuring excellent flavor development and acid retention in the grapes. Our part of Hellenthal Vineyard, the prized House Block, is planted to a field blend of Calera selection and Pommard Clone grapes. The fruit from this vineyard was harvested by hand on October 2nd, 2018.
  • Production Notes
    The fruit was gently destemmed into small open-top fermenters, using state-of-the-art equipment and procedures to avoid any pumping of must. Inoculation with select yeast strains followed a three-day cold soak, and the caps were managed with a combination of pump-overs and punch-downs. This wine was barrel aged for 10 months in French oak barrels, 33% of which were new, 17% one-year-old. The wine was bottled on July 25th, 2019.