2018 Clone 115 Pinot Noir
"This clonal showcase offers strong aromas of incense, bay leaf, iron shavings, mushroom and elderberry. These tones lead into a palate that’s hefty in dry tannins, but they uphold the roasted berry, black-plum, iodine and forest-floor flavors." ~ Wine Enthusiast
"...reveals a more ruby/plum color as well as spiced cherries, cola, spring flowers, and spicy incense. Rich, medium-bodied, and balanced, it stays nicely focused and elegant on the palate, with fine tannins and outstanding length." ~ Jeb Dunnuck
"...a rich, enveloping wine. Super-ripe red cherry fruit, blood orange, pomegranate, mint and a kiss of new French oak give the 115 its exuberant personality. Readers will find an especially lush, juicy style. Soft contours and extravagantly ripe fruit add to the wine's sense of immediacy." ~ Antonio Galloni's Vinous
Our clonal selection Pinot Noirs are made with the intent of isolating some of the very best individual lots in our cellar and capturing the nuances that each specific clone offers. This has remained a very small project - 14 barrels of wine - and delivers some of our finest expressions of Pinot Noir.
The Clone 115 Pinot Noir has attractive aromas of red cherry, raspberry, red plum, chocolate and clove. The palate has focused flavors of black cherry, black raspberry, grilled sage, plum, vanilla and cinnamon backed up with a streak of minerality and brisk acidity.