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2016Pinot NoirBien Nacido Vineyard

$58.00 USD$46.40 Duncan Family / Duncan Family Reds Club Price$49.30 Velma Club Price

APPEARANCE 
Dark dusty red rose

AROMAS 
Ocean breeze, salty characters, spices blending with juicy summer fruits and crushed rose petals

PALATE 
Peaches, blood oranges, cocoa and cardamom

MOUTHFEEL 
Bright juicy acidity, layered tannins and multi-dimensional

FINISH 
Hibiscus, acidity and savory umami flavors fill the back of your palate

AGEABILITY 
While this wine will hit its stride 3 to 5 years after release, with proper cellaring conditions, it can be enjoyed through 2026

PAIRINGS 
Freshly harvested uni with finely chopped scallions dropped on top.  Uni is a particularly special treat from the Central Coast of California

HARVEST DATES August 9 – September 14, 2016

ALCOHOL 13.8%

AVERAGE BRIX 24°

BARREL AGING 18 months in barrel; 11 months on primary lees

BARRELS 100% French Oak; 26% New

WHOLE CLUSTER  28%

RELEASE DATE September 2018

Winter leading into the 2016 growing season brought much needed rain after years of drought. The rain along with cool weather provided ideal conditions for the vines during dormancy. The final significant rain storm came through in early March and a couple weeks later we saw budbreak marking the start of the growing season. Spring lead into a warm summer without any significant heat spikes. With proximity to the Pacific Ocean, temperatures remained in the 60s and 70s allowing for a long slow maturation, developing tannins while maintaining great acidity and depth to the wine. Harvest was slow, spanning over a month, as cooler conditions slowed the maturation process.