2018 PINOT NOIR
Wine Data
Appellation:  Alexander Valley
Grape Varietal:  Pinot Noir 100%
Alcohol:  14.0%
pH: 3.6
TA:  6.8 g/L
Size:  750ml
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2018 PINOT NOIR

Retail Price: $34.00

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This is wine for true Pinot Noir lovers.

The Wetzel Family’s Pinot Noir vineyard is planted along the banks of the Russian River, where the morning fog lingers and cools the vines.  The vineyard is planted to three clones -  Dijon 777, for rich concentration and black fruit; Dijon115, for soft tannins and perfume and Pommard, for color, dark fruit  and spice.

The vines are grown using the Smart Dyson trellis system, allowing us to control the vigor of the vine while giving us flexibility to adjust the trellising to changing weather conditions during the growing season.  This ensures the fruit gets adequate sun exposure while keeping yields in check.
   
The 2018 growing season began a bit cooler than the past few vintages, but we had a near perfect fruit set.  Summer temperatures were moderate with relatively few heat spikes.  The cooler temperatures and mild weather led to a longer hang time, allowing the grapes to ripen slowly.  Harvest began on September 10 and the fruit had excellent flavors and balanced natural acidity.

After the fruit was hand-harvested each lot was kept separate. Clone 777 underwent a 48-hour cold soak and was tank fermented, while winemaker Kevin Hall placed the other lots in bins and mixed in dry ice for the first day in a technique known as cryoextraction.  The dry ice fractured the grape skins, leading to deeper flavor and color extraction from the fruit.  Fermentation was completed in half ton macrobins.

Our Estate Pinot Noir is classically styled with balanced acidity and complex flavors.  There are aromas of black and red cherry, plum, strawberry, vanilla oak and a touch of cola.  This is an earthy wine with silky texture and bright fruit flavors of fresh cherry, raspberry, plum, a slight gamey edge and a hint of vanilla.  There is a long lingering finish on this lush wine.  

ACCOLADES:

2018:  Silver Medal - San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo International Wine Competition 
2017:  90 points & Gold Medal “Exceptional" - Beverage Testing Institute 
2016:  92 points - JamesSuckling.com
2015:  92 points - JamesSuckling.com 

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Holiday Shipping Offer Restrictions:  Offer valid for wines shipped in the continental U.S.  This offer does not apply to wines shipped to Alaska or Hawaii.  Minimum order of 2 bottles to qualify for the $1.00 per bottle shipping on 750ml and 375ml bottle.  Magnums are $2.00 per bottle, 3L are $4.00 per bottle.  Wines packed in wood boxes are subject to additional shipping costs -see product for details.  Monthly wine club shipments, prior orders or other special promotions excluded from this offer.  This offer applies to orders placed today thru December 11, 2019.