This wine is very fruit forward on the nose, with aromas of black cherry and plum, along with rose petals and sage. Blackcurrant is evident on the palate, along with coffee, chocolate, spice and vanilla. This is a full-bodied Pinot Noir, with soft silky tannins.
Platinum-Pacific Northwest Wine Awards 2017, Top 50 Wine List-Andy Perdue, Pacific Northwest, Seattle Times 2017, Silver-National Wine Awards of Canada 2017, Gold-Cascadia Wine Competition 2017, Silver-Great Northwest Invitational Wine Competition 2016
The grapes for this wine came from the Tightrope Vineyard and the adjacent Hermitage Vineyard. Extensive work and done in both vineyards to make this wine. Fruit is dropped to one cluster per shoot and the shoulders are removed. Both shoots and leaves are thinned to ensure good light penetration and even ripening. The irrigation is strategically managed to control canopy growth, berry size, and guaranteeing good ripening of grapes.
The grapes were handpicked and then processed immediately. The grapes were de-stemmed, but not crushed, directly into small half ton fermenters where they were cold soaked for five days, before a wild ferment commenced. In total the grapes spent about 21 days on skins before being processed. The wine was aged in French Oak, 30% new, for 10 months before being bottled.
Food Pairing Notes
Charcuterie, confit duck poutine, roasted rosemary lemon chicken with asiago cheese