Vintage: The 2018 vintage will be remembered as nearly perfect. A cold winter with average rainfall made for a late bud-break. Ideal spring weather allowed for a heavy set. Mild conditions throughout summer and fall allowed the crop to slowly ripen and develop maximum flavor. The wines of 2018 are powerful but elegant with firm acidity and beautiful balance. This could be the vintage of the decade!
Vineyard: Seven separate clonal selections of Pinot Noir grow on the Trurchard Estate Vineyard. Two "Martini clones", the "Pommard" clone, the "Swan" clone and several new selections from France -Dijon 114, 115, 667, 777. Each selection provides a unique element of aromatic fruit, spice, and texture to the blend. The vines range from 20 to 42 years and are planted in several sites that take full advantage of the this soild, rolling hills and cooler tempertures. These are factors that make the Carneros an ideal spot to grow Pinot Noir.
WInemaking: All of the fruit was gently destemmed and crushed into open top fermenters with approximately 20% whole berries. Each lot was inoculated with Assmannhausen
yeast, after “cold soaking” for up to 5 days. Fermentations were punched down three
times daily, with the temperature peaking at 92º F. After 7 - 12 days of maceration, the lots
were pressed, settled in tanks for 24 hours, and then put into barrel. This wine was aged
for 10 months in French oak (35% new), and bottled in August of 2017.
Release Date: March 1st, 2021