2015 Merryvale Pinot Noir Carneros-Napa Valley
The fruit for this Pinot Noir was grown primarily on our Stanly Ranch Estate Vineyard in Carneros, with some select lots from the RMS Vineyard blended in. A mix of Dijon and Pommard clones, about one-third of the wine was fermented with some whole clusters, the rest was fermented in open top fermenters with gentle punch downs and native fermentations. The wine was aged 12 months in 30% new French oak—Allary, Mercurey and Atelier Centre France barrels, medium and steam bent medium toast—and bottled unfined.
The 2015 vintage was very dry and warm, with low yields for Pinot Noir. As a result, it was very important to harvest in advance of hot weather to keep the nuance, depth and freshness of Pinot Noir. Very seductive on the nose with notes of flowers, black currant and orange rind. The mouthfeel is fresh with soft tannins and a finish that brings flavors of cigars and blackberries. Properly cellared, this wine can be enjoyed over the next 10-15 years.