2021 Wightman House Vineyard Pinot Noir
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Wightman House is a heritage property proudly showcasing one of the original plantings of Pinot Noir in the Anderson Valley. These old vines ripen less than 2 tons/acre of tiny clusters bursting with flavors of red cherry, blood orange peel, vanilla, and if you lean in closely a hint of Medjool dates. The oak adds notes of cedar, freshly shaved nutmeg and a pinch of cinnamon. It’s hard to tell if this Pinot comes from old Italy or Anderson Valley.
2021 was the second dry winter we experienced in a row. Under these circumstances, the vines started with only about half the normal water in the soil when they began growing in April. As expected, it was an early-ripening season, with a very small crop. The saving grace was a long cool summer which produced mature flavors at moderate alcohols.
The grapes were harvested early in the morning, then brought to the winery and hand-sorted. They were destemmed into a fermenter and allowed to cold soak for a week, punched down twice a day during that period. Once inoculated, punch downs continued until the wine was pressed a few days before fermentation completed. Once primary fermentation ended, the Pinot was transferred to barrel and stirred once a month until malolactic fermentation was complete. This delicate wine did not need fining and was bottled 10 months later.
Pairs with Moroccan Spiced Lamb and Grilled Portobello Mushrooms.
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|July 14th, 2022