2021 Merryvale Pinot Noir Stanly Ranch Estate
The fruit for this bottling of Pinot Noir came from our Stanly Ranch Estate Vineyard on the Napa side of Carneros. The fruit was hand harvested at night to retain freshness and acidity. The grapes were de-stemmed, with 30% of the stems by weight layered into the fermentation tanks with the grapes. After a 5 day cold soak in tank, the wines began native yeast fermentation. Hand punchdowns, minimal pumpovers, and 50% new French Burgundy barrels combine to create a wine that is deft on the palate, brimming with vibrancy, acidity, and complexity. The wine spent 17 months in French oak barrels before being bottled unfined and unfiltered.
The wine opens with an enchanting bouquet of red fruit, led by ripe red cherries and wild strawberries. There’s a floral quality, with notes of rose petals and violets, as well as a hint of earthiness, reminiscent of forest floor and dried leaves. The texture is silky and refined, with gentle tannins that add structure without overwhelming the subtlties and minerality that are hallmarks of Carneros terroir. There’s a nuanced touch of subtle oak, providing a lovely frame and baking spice component to the fruit without overshadowing it. It is a Pinot Noir of finesse and balance, showcasing the elegance and charm that Carneros is known for. Enjoy now and over the next 5+ years.