2021 Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley
The 2021 harvest began with a worried winemaker and fretful farmer due to an extreme water shortage – water is critical for the livelihood of vines and livestock as well as the go-to protection for frost and wildfires. Decisions were made for deficit irrigation in the vineyard and conservative water usage in the Creamery and Tasting Room to make it through the drought. As the wine will attest, and to everyone’s relief, our water conservation worked! Even with small crop yields, the fruit still maintained its signature “Anderson Valley” quality. This Pinot Noir is a deep ruby in the glass with an autumn bouquet aroma and flavors of black currant and tart cherry. Its youthful balance of acidity and delicate tannin does not disappoint for drinking now, though we anticipate this vintage to be a keeper for the cellar. Enrich the bottle opening with a pairing of our camembert-style cheese Velvet Sister for a true taste of triumph.
100% Estate Grown Pinot Noir: Clones 667 (69%) and 115 (31%)
Aged 10 mos in 60 gal French Oak Barrels
Cheese Pairing: Velvet Sister
Case Production: 557