2008 Pinot Noir, 'Center of Effort'

We aim to craft a Pinot Noir that is true to the vineyard, with a stylistic emphasis on structure, elegance and complexity. On average, 40 percent of the fermentation is completed with native yeasts, bringing added textural richness to the palate. The remainder of fermentation is conducted with Assmanshausen yeast, which accentuates the varietal’s red fruit character.

Fermentation proceeds in small bins that are manually punched down daily. A portion of the fruit is whole-cluster fermented to help layer the wine with spicy undercurrents. The wine is gently pressed in a one-ton basket press. After aging for 18 months in Nevers and Allier oak barrels coopered by François Frères, the wine is bottled without filtration.

The 2008 Pinot Noir boasts a deep, intense color that speaks directly to its originating terroir. The palate shows firm structure, luscious viscosity and hints of earthy spice that complement toasty flavors of black cherry and blackberry. Only 278 cases produced.

95 Points, Wine Enthusiast, August 2011

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2008 Pinot Noir, 'Center of Effort'