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2019 Destein Vineyard Pinot Noir, Bennett Valley

2019 Destein Vineyard Pinot Noir, Bennett Valley
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Wine Specs
Pinot Noir
Bennett Valley
19 months, 50% new French Oak
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Wow! What a complex and fascinating bouquet; chestnuts, plum, red apple, coffee, cedar spice, vanilla caramel, dried pink rose petal, black cap raspberries, exotic spices and a faint hint of orange peel. The brightness on the palate is fab-ulous; the flavors of stone fruit, plum and soft dark berry really open up on the tongue with zippy acidity. This wine is silky, rich and juicy with a hint of soy, and sports a lingering black cherry finish. Truly spectacular.
Vineyard Notes
The Destein estate vineyard sits on a west-facing slope in isolated Jamison valley at the east end of the Bennett Valley AVA. It takes the brunt of cool air flowing through the Petaluma Gap from the Pacific Ocean, allowing ample flavor development through generous hang time resulting from cool growing season temperatures. The vines are small, with a great natural balance and small fruit load that is the result of scanty, non-vigorous soils.
Production Notes
We picked the grapes at Destein Vineyard on September 18th. The stems were well lignified, so we included nearly 25% as a whole cluster component. The grapes were sorted and the rest destemmed, then rested until an ambient fermenta-tion took off about a week after harvest. The fermentation, along with frequent punch-downs, went to completion a week later, when the fermenter was sealed up for an extended maceration. About forty days after picking, the tank was drained, the remaining grapes were pressed, and the wine was barreled, using barrels from five different coopers to help add layers of complexity; we selected barrels from all five of our favorite coopers to help create complexity: Marcel Ca-det, Remond, François Frères, Dargaud et Jaeglé, and Rousseau. Malolactic fermentation occurred in barrel. The wine remained unracked until just before blending and bottling.
2 barrels; 50 cases made