Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation: Santa Lucia Highlands
Sensory Notes: This deep and luxurious Pinot Noir offers aromas of plum, black cherry, raspberry, currant, forest floor and baking spices, with hints of cranberry and orange zest. On the palate, bright acidity adds purity and length to the vibrant red berry and cherry flavors, with a great texture and broad, velvety tannins carrying the wine to a lingering fruit and spice finish.
Winemaker Notes: An early budbreak followed by a cool summer, resulted in a long growing season, yielding grapes with great acidity and intensity. We harvested our grapes from Soberanes Vineyard at night on August 30th. The fruit was destemmed and cold soaked for five-to-seven days with one pump-over a day during cold soak. We then warmed the tank to 70 degrees to kickoff fermentation, with the wine receiving two punch-downs daily until we reached 1 Brix, when we reduced the punch-downs to once daily until dryness, when the wine was barreled down to start secondary fermentation.