2017 Pinot Noir Reserve
February 22, 2019
A fuller bodied Pinot Noir with expressions of blackcurrant, boysenberry, violet, bergamot tea and cola. Layers of complexity on the palate lead into a silky smooth finish. Blend of the premium clones on Allendale property of 667, 828 with some 115. 36% new French oak and 15month barrel aged.
Liquidity’s premium planting of clones 667 and 828, in combination with our 1994 planted of clone 115 all cane pruned and then shoot and fruit thinned to produce 2 short tons per acre.
The tiny clusters were gently harvested and destemmed, but not crushed. The whole berries were transferred to small fermenters and fermented with a mixture of wild and commercial yeast. Each fermenter was kept relatively cool (less than 25C) throughout fermentation and gently punched down by hand 2 times per day. The wine was then pressed to our finest French oak barrels (36% new) for malolactic fermentation and aged for 18 months, with a single racking by gravity
Food Pairing Notes
The richness of this Pinot calls for dishes such as rib-eye steak, pork tenderloin or brisket.