2012 The 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 Wente estate vineyards from Livermore Valley and Arroyo Seco, Monterey are selected for The Nth Degreeprogram because of their consistent production of exceptional fruit. These elite vineyards receive the utmost care and attention. They are “ultra-farmed”; every vine receives at least fifteen passes by hand, whereby leaves, shoots and clusters are removed to ensure the grape clusters remaining at the time of harvest are of the highest quality. The water is managed so that the vines are perfectly balanced with the correct amount of growth to fully ripen the berries for the optimal level of flavor. The grapes are then hand harvested in the early morning into half ton bins and hand sorted and crushed into small stainless steel fermenters.
Fermentation took place in small 1-ton open top fermentors and
The wine was aged for 17 months in French, Eastern European, American and neutral oak barrels.