2017 Pinot Noir
The grapes for this wine came from the Tightrope Vineyard and the adjacent Garagan Vineyard (formally Hermitage). Extensive work was done in both vineyards to make this wine. Fruit was dropped to one cluster per shoot and the shoulders were removed. Both shoots and leaves were thinned to ensure good light penetration and even ripening. Irrigation was strategically managed to control canopy growth & berry size, to optimize the ripening of grapes.
The care taken in the vineyard continues in the winery, where the grapes were hand picked 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 pressed. The wine was aged in French Oak, 30% new, for 10 months before being bottled.