This 92pt Pinot is a blend of a few of the best regions in the Monterey area and a wonderful example of what a Pinot can taste like. Rather than choosing generic vineyards, winemaker Russell Joyce chooses to focus on unique vineyard sites with rolling hills and directional sunlight, highlighting the Monterey region’s ideal climate and soil characteristics.
Wine Varietal 100% Pinot Noir
Tasting Notes Aromas of raspberry, dried rose petal and red currants. Medium weight & texture that delivers notes of red berry with a long and smooth finish.
Pairs Well With Grilled Lobster with Herb Butter.
How to Serve it Room Temperature or Chilled to Preference
Winemaker Russell Joyce
Vineyard 10% Danny Franscioni, Gabilan Range, Monterey 10% Tondre Grapefield, Santa Lucia Highlands 80% Mission Ranch Vineyard, Arroyo Seco
These Pinot Noir grapes were hand harvested in the cool early morning hours at brix that ranged from 22.5-23.5. 75% of the grapes were gently de-stemmed with 25% were left as whole clusters. The grapes were placed in small open top fermenters where they were cold soaked for 4-5 days before fermentation began naturally. Primary fermentation lasted between 14-16 days before the wine was drained and the must was gently pressed. The wine was then transferred to 100% neutral French oak barrels where it finished native malo-lactic fermentation. Once ML was complete a small sulfur addition was made and the wine was left to age sur lie for 9 months before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.