2010 Nth Degree Pinot Noir
This Pinot Noir has elegant and complex flavors of black cherry, dark plum and ground spices complemented by nuances of forest floor and earth, with a rich mouthfeel and a lingering finish.
Prime Livermore Valley, Napa Valley and Arroyo Seco Estate vineyards were selected for the Nth Degree program because of their consistent production of exceptional fruit. The vineyards were “ultra-farmed”; every vine receives at least fifteen passes by hand - to pruning, leaf pulling, removing shoots, and thinning clusters, in an effort to ensure that the grape clusters remaining at harvest are of the highest quality. The grapes were harvested in the early morning into half ton bins and handpicked, sorted, and crushed into small stainless steel fermenters.
Fermentation took place in small 1-ton open top fermentors and the grapes were punched down by hand twice daily, as well as small stainless steel tanks where it was gently pumped over twice daily.
The wine was aged for 15 months in French, Eastern European, and neutral oak barrels.