2016 Starmont Pinot Noir Brown Ranch
Hand harvested on September 7th, these grapes were carefully sorted in the field and at the winery. Fermented in an open top tank after a 5-day cold soak, the wine underwent a 12-day native fermentation with 5 days extended maceration. It was racked twice and spent 9 months on primary lees and another 9 months on light lees. This is a 7-barrel blend, all of which was aged in 100% French oak barrels, 60% new and 40% neutral. Careful attention is taken to match oak and toast to the vineyard and wine traits—restrained to push the fruit’s character forward and respect the vineyard site. Comprised entirely of Pommard Clone, just 151 cases were produced. The wine was bottled without fining.
The Brown Ranch Pinot Noir is a rich, concentrated Pinot Noir. It shows dark flavors and a characteristic ‘Pinot Funk’, an earthy quality that is often shown by the Pommard clone. The tannins are present yet refined and balanced with acidity. This wine is consistently the biggest and most concentrated of all the Starmont Pinot Noir programs, showing rich dense flavors and mouthfeel. The tannins and weight that are characteristic of the Brown Ranch Pinot Noir will help this wine age gracefully for the next 4-6 years... and beyond.