Les Amoureuses focuses on the Martini and Wadenswil selections and embodies a femininity, it is much softer in color and tannin than our Estate Pinot Noir. Aged in Mostly neutral French oak, there is much more focus on the bright floral fruit and the softer aromas of Bing cherry, pomegranate and rose petal. 30% whole cluster adds complexity in the mouth and nose. Forest floor and spice lend the relatively delicate fruits depth and uniqueness.
||September 11, 2013
||Neutral French Oak
||August 29, 2014
The growing season in 2013 was marked with an early start and a dry finish. As California settled firmly into a drought cycle, the vines feeling the shortage of water wasted no time by budding out a full three weeks earlier than normal. Luckily, the temperatures stayed moderate, and the growth of vines slowed as the maritime layer blanketed the valley each morning throughout the Summer and Fall. In tandem with our location in the cooler part of Anderson Valley, these cold nights resulted in vivid flavors and bright acidity. The combination between early flavor development and very cool nights at harvest made 2013 an ideal vintage.
Grapes were handpicked early on September 11th, sorted, and then de-stemmed directly into one-ton open top fermentation tanks. After a five-day cold soak, the grapes were allowed to warm slowly as the native yeast naturally began their fermentation process. The tanks were punched down by hand twice daily for 14 days, extracting color and flavor from the skins and evoking our unique terroir. As fermentations reached dryness, the juice was gently pressed off its solids into a small basket press then settled before being transferred to barrel. The following Spring, and upon completion of Malolactic fermentation, the developing wine was once again separated from any lees, blended, and returned to barrel for the remainder of its aging. After 11 months in French Oak barrels the finished wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered in late August.
Les Amoureuses Pinot Noir marries elegance with ageability and showcases a purity of fruit character. The nose is focused with lively violets, strawberries, and fresh cherries evolving into subtle aromas of graphite and black tea. Fresh fruits continue to dominate the palate with candied cherry and plum with undercurrent of forest floor and tobacco. The mouthfeel is rich; silky tannins glide into a lengthy mineral-laden finish.