2013 was a good year for growers, as the yields were high and the quality was very good. Nice cool mild summer, low wind spring, so a great set. No rain, no frost, and no storms – amazingly. Summer arrived with little fog and perfect clear warm (not hot) days allowed for slow grape development retaining natural grape acidity resulting in low alcohol wines with rich concentrated varietal flavors.
This wine was matured for 10 months in 36% new and 36% one year (36%) and third year (27%) old French oak barriques from Tonnellerie Françoise Frères and Tonnellerie Ermitage.
The palate shows darker Pinot Noir elements; complex olive, soy and ink. Dark cherry, and liqueur cherry flavors rise in the glass with air. This wine will have a long life, implied by the tightly structured and focused palate underpinned by an excellent acid backbone...and firm, with layered soft supple grape and wood tannins.