2015 Reserve Pinot Noir

Reserve

Winemaking Notes

The 2015 Reserve Pinot Noir has wonderful aromas of dark cherry, plum and dark raspberry accompanied by clove and cinnamon baking spice notes on the palate. The wine is lush and rich, with a silky textured mouthfeel and well-balanced acidity.

Food pairings

Enjoy this wine now with roasted root vegetables, mushroom risotto, cedar plank salmon, or cellar for enjoyment over the next few years.

History

We craft our Reserve Pinot Noir in our small lot winemaking facility, the Artisan Cellar. Winemaker Greg Morthole employs cutting edge techniques such as cluster pre-sorting, berry sorting, cold soaking, and thermal maceration. This wine is aged sur lie, with monthly bâtonnage which imparts an elegant fullness and creamy texture on the palate. With small tanks and equipment sized for the most discriminating vineyard selection process, our facility is truly state of the art, and represents the Klein family commitment towards producing the finest wines possible.

The Vineyards

Storms in late winter filled the soil with water that the vines would need in a few months. Warm days in late winter and early spring induced the Pinot Noir buds to swell during the third week of Feb, earlier than normal. The weather alternated between cool periods and warm through the summer, with a few heat spikes making the sugars climb at an accelerated pace. Harvest would yield a smaller crop than normal, averaging just over 2 tons per acre. This would be the first Reserve Pinot to come entirely off our Jane's Vineyard since the 2008 vintage, concentrating heavily on our oft favored Crinella block. Our 2015 Reserve Pinot Noir was aged in less new French oak barrels than past vintages, but also for a few months longer, in order to showcase the terroir to a higher degree, but still keep the richness that barrel aging imparts.

$45.00

Appelation:

Russian River Valley

Varietal:

Pinot Noir

Alcohol:

14.5%

TA:

0.63 g/100ml

PH:

3.52

Cellar & Fermentation:

14 months in 100% French oak barrels, 20% new

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