Above the deep and gorgeous robe of color, our 2014 Estate Pinot Noir exhibits aromas of cherry and cola with hints of fruit, leather and undertones of plum. The wine is silky in texture. Focused black cherry flavors dance on the palate, and an elegant dash of vanilla sweetens the wine for a long, inviting finish. When young, this wine is best appreciated when decanted prior to serving.
This offering is bright, vibrant and darkly hued in the glass. The aromas hint at dark cherries steeped with clove and nutmeg as well as plums at the peak of the season, when they burst open with darkly colored juice and flavor. The essence of these aromatics is also present in the mouth. The wine tastes dark, meaty and bold and carries a lot of extract, which is assuredly a result of the drought growing conditions in 2014. More delicate flavors of rhubarb and raspberries do contribute, but it's as if they were baked together in a cinnamon crust. This soft yet textured wine will please the earnest taster and will further reward the patient one after some time in the bottle.
Though painstaking, we harvested the three blocks of the hillside (top, skirt, bottom) separately, picking across the three Dijon clones: 115, 667, and 777. We kept the fermentation temperatures low to retain the fruit’s liveliness. As soon as the fermentations were complete, the wines were pressed gently into 100% Kádár Tokaj oak, adding a signature spiciness to the blend that complements the fruit character. Racked only once before bottling, the result is a very pure, fruit-filled expression of Pinot Noir.