2022 Winemaker's Series Whole Cluster Pinot Noir
NOTES FROM WINEMAKER, MELISSA BURR
The high percentage of whole cluster fermentation in this wine yields intense aromatics of baking spice, fresh cherries, earth, and dried floral elements. The palate is fresh and vibrant as more red fruit notes emerge, accompanied by a hint of wild grape. This wine is lighter in body with a solid backbone of tannin. Drink young, and serve slightly chilled.
The 2022 growing season was full of surprises that resulted in a miracle harvest of delicious, age-worthy wines with balance and vibrancy. The vintage kicked off with a cold and wet spring that turned worrisome when an unusually late-season freeze event affected lower-lying sections of the vineyard. Slowly but surely, temperatures began to warm by mid-May and continued to rise throughout the summer allowing the vines to flourish. Harvest commenced on September 13, almost four weeks behind recent vintages. Fortunately, moderate temperatures and clear skies facilitated a steady intake of fruit until finished on October 21.