2015 Rust Rock Vineyard Pinot Noir
About the wine
The Pinot Noir from our Rust Rock Vineyard shows highly distinctive characteristics vintage after vintage. The outstanding flavors and textural qualities of this unique terroir prompted us to create this single-lot bottling. Comprised of shallow, rocky, volcanic soils situated on the uppermost hillside at the northwest end of our Circle Bar Ranch vineyard, the Rust Rock Vineyard produces wines with elegant fruit characteristics and silky mouth feel.
This wine opens with intense blackberry and spice aromas with cherry and caramel undertones. On the palate are dried cherries with black currant and a bit of chocolate. The mouthfeel is sleek and silky with a mocha finish.
The growing season of 2015 brought some challenges to our harvest. The spring brought us very early bud break but fortunately no frost. However during bloom the weather turned cold and rainy which resulted in the vines setting a very small crop. Weather through the summer was optimal without any excessive heat spikes or rain events. 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.
Bold black fruit flavors paired with cedar blend together providing a profile fit for roast chicken with cherry chipotle sauce or ham with a blackberry rum glaze. The touches of oak and earth combined with luminous acidity compliments aged hard cheeses such as Pecorino Romano, Smoked Gouda or Mezzo Secco.
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