flavors of dark blackberry and Lush black cherry

2016 José S. Ferrer reserve 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 2015 José S. Ferrer Pinot Noir was produced in limited quantity and is only available through the winery.

The growing season of 2015 brought some challenges to our harvest. Between the small crop, the early budbreak and bloom the warm summer the fruit ripened to a near record early harvest. We started picking at the end of July, and while a couple of heat spikes during harvest kept us on our toes, mostly moderate weather allowed us to bring in the fruit at a reasonable rate. With the small crop and good weather the vines produced grapes with excellent concentration and intense character.

The nose opens with dark blackberry cedar and spice. The mouth continues with lush black cherry and blackberry fruit with spice and bramble all held up by a touch of sweet French oak and bright acidity. The tannins are full but smooth and carry the fruit and spice through the long finish.

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Food Pairing

The delightful partnership of blackberry and spice on the palette complements game meats such as roast venison loin with blackberry sauce or duck breast with a black pepper and Bing cherry glaze. The touches of oak and spice combined with luminous acidity are a match for warm Porcini Triple Cream Brie with rosemary Focaccia.

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