2012 Pinot Noir, 'Bella Vigna', Sonoma Coast
Winemaker’s Vineyard Notes: Steeply sloped (think Black Diamond for all your snow skiers), southeastern facing. This vintage pushed the boundaries of my sanity and really only made the move toward the barn in the early part of October. Patience is a virtue.
Winemaker's Tasting Notes: Stainless steel fermented, 100% French oak-aged in 35% new oak barrels. Bottled unfined, unfiltered. Darker color than in years past. Really diverse nose of spicy rhubarb, wild strawberry jam, clove, red meats and what I like to call animale. Secondary aromas of Asian soy, orange pekoe tea, and sage. Ripe flavors of cranberry, rhubarb, dark Bing cherry tea, and baker’s chocolate. Finishes long with Bing cherries, crushed mint candies, and hints of white pepper.
Cases Produced: 180
Harvest Date: October 17, 2012