This 2009 Barrel Reserve is a beautifully aged Pinot Noir blend made from grapes grown on three different vineyards in New York's Finger Lakes Viticultural Area.
Notes of tobacco, saddle leather and mocha on the nose, followed by plums, black cherries and currants on the palate, and a lingering dry finish with just the right balance of fruit and firm tannins.
Composed of grapes grown on the following vineyards: 46% Sawmill Creek Vineyard (Seneca Lake), 31% Hobbit Hollow Vineyard (Skaneateles Lake), 23% Patrician Verona Vineyard (Cayuga Lake). Clones: 115, 667, 777
Hand-picked grapes were received in small individual picking baskets and were then hand-sorted into one-ton bins for a 15 day fermentation. The grapes were basket pressed and gently transferred into barrels, aging for 18 months. Only the highest quality barrels of wine were promoted for this Reserve bottling. 324 cases produced.
Enjoy this Pinot Noir with beef Bourguignon, roasted turkey or with 5 year aged Gouda cheese.
89 Points -- Wine Spectator: "Mature, but fleshy and holding nicely, with dark fig, mulled currant and cherry paste flavors rolled up with singed black tea leaf and tobacco notes. Offers a smoky feel through the finish."
18 months in French Oak, 46% New
||100% whole cluster