2015 The Nth Degree Pinot Noir
This Pinot Noir has a dark rich color with delicate aromas and flavors of dark fruit and a hint of earthiness. Ripe blackberry is balanced by this robust mouthfeel, finished with lush tannins that provide alluring structure and a balanced mouthfeel.
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Our Nth Degree Pinot Noir is sourced exclusively from our estate vineyards in Arroyo Seco, Monterey. Arroyo Seco is the ideal region to grow this Burgundian varietal because of the long, cool growing season, which allows the grapes to fully ripen and develop deep fruit flavors. The gravelly-loam soils found here, rich with shale and limestone deposits, impart desirable earthy and mineral qualities to the wine.
Select blocks of these premier estate vineyards are selected for The Nth Degree program because of their consistent production of exceptional fruit. These elite blocks receive the utmost care and attention. They are farmed to the “Nth Degree”; 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 one-ton open top bins and the grapes were punched down by hand twice daily to aid in the extraction of texture, flavor and aromatics.
The wine was aged for 16 months in 40% new French oak barrels and 60% 2nd and 3rd use French oak barrels.