2014 José S. Ferrer Selection Pinot Noir
About the wine
José named Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards to honor his loving wife. In turn, we named our finest Pinot Noir to honor José. This is a very select blend, chosen specifically to showcase the quality of our Carneros estate vineyards.
The most exceptional blocks from our 335-acre Carneros vineyard are selected each vintage for this bottling. Meticulous cluster and shoot thinning help promote extraordinary depth in the fruit, and our winemaker has chosen just a few of the best barrels from among these special lots to compose the blend. Each careful step in the making of this wine is based on over twenty years of experience with Pinot Noir on our estate and it represents a fitting tribute to our founder, José S. Ferrer. The 2014 José S. Ferrer Pinot Noir was produced in limited quantity and is only available through the winery.
The 2014 growing season got off to an early start with budbreak about two weeks earlier than average. A late winter weather system brought in enough rain to supply the vines through bloom, and mild warm spring weather gave us good fruit set. Mild weather through the growing season without rain events or heat spikes was optimal for the development of the fruit. The early spring brought on an early harvest with average size yields of excellent fruit. This is looking to be an outstanding vintage.
The nose opens with juicy black cherry, spice and earth with a hint of cedar. These continue on to the mouth with lush blackberry and bright red cherry on top of a silky mouthfeel. The fruit is balanced by generous spice supported by subtle French oak that continues on into the long finish.
This wine has a fullness and depth that allows it to pair with more than the traditional pinot-friendly foods. We recommend a pairing with Aji-Beef Short Ribs with Golden Herbed Quinoa, pork loin roast with fennel-garlic rub, seared duck breast or Chicken en papillote. Would also pair exceptionally well with heavy stews like beef bourguignon and dishes that feature roasted tomatoes or mushrooms. Excellent with apricot and berry compotes.
More Pinot Noir food pairings & recipes on our blog, The Glorious Life.