Color: Strawberry, boysenberry, allspice and vanilla. Nose/Palate: Well knit flavors of wild strawberries, licorice, orange peel, with a long finish. Overall Impression: An elegant and restrained Pinot Noir with fine balance and delicious fruit. Wine Statistics Harvest Dates: September 7 - 15 Fermentation: 10 -15 days Fermentation Type: Hand punch down & traditional pump over Days of Skin Contact: 10 - 21 days Fermentation Temperature: Peak 92 degrees F Alcohol Level: 14.5% pH Level: 3.71 Residual Sugar Level: Dry Acid Level: 0.59 grams/liter Aging Process: 9 months in small French oak barrels - 60% new Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir.
The 2014 Estate bottling is both a classic example of Carneros Pinot Noir and the Cuvaison “style.” By Carneros I mean the beautiful nexus of both red and black fruits; raspberry, blackcherry and wild strawberry notes intertwined with a savory spice element, clove and sandalwood. Our style is one of restraint and precision, delivering the essence of the vineyard and not the trappings of manipulation. In this way the site is respected and the wine offers a clear taste of the Cuvaison Estate Vineyard.