Tasting Notes

2016 Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is a very thin-skinned, sensitive grape so unfortunately it does not grow well in our humid climate. For this wine we bring in the grapes from the same vineyard as the Chardonnay (Dutton Ranch). We bring these grapes in whole cluster, so we are still making all of the wine here even though the grapes are grown in California.


Our 2016 Pinot Noir is an intense Pinot Noir that showcases the flavors and aromas of cola, bright cherry, dark berry and sweet toasted oak. This beautifully balanced wine has a satisfying richness and a long, pleasant finish.

2016 Pinot Noir bottle

Technical Information

Appellation:

Dutton Ranch - Sonoma California

Varietal:

100% Pinot Noir

Alc/Vol:

13.9%

pH:

3.53

Bottled:

2018

Cases Produced: 

278

Good to Know

The Pinot Noir varietal is over 1,000 years older than Cabernet Sauvignon. The name is derived from the French words for pine and black. The word pine alludes to the grape variety having tightly clustered, pine cone-shaped bunches of fruit. When young, wines made from pinot noir tend to have red fruit aromas of cherries, raspberries and strawberries
As the wine ages, pinot has the potential to develop more vegetal and "barnyard" aromas that can contribute to the complexity of the wine. The US is the second largest grower of Pinot Noir after France.