2 bottle limit
2015 was a very dry year here in Sonoma County. Because the water levels were so low, the crop was very small with tiny clusters and concentrated flavors.
We harvested the grapes for our Pinot Noir in the middle of the night in late August. The ice cold grapes were hand sorted in the vineyard then destemmed and left whole berry to go into the tank. The must was gently hand punched down once per day for each of its five days of cold soak and then gently warmed up so a wild fermentation could start. During the peak of fermentation, the must was hand punched down up to three times per day. The finished wine was drained off the skins directly to barrel after 14 days of cold soak and fermentation. The lees were stirred in the barrels every week during malolactic fermentation, and every other week post-malolactic fermentation. This wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Our Frost Ranch Pinot Noir is beautiful with notes of raspberry preserves, violets, black plum and vanilla. The palate is lush and rich with warm all-spice and clove notes and juicy fruit tones. The acidity finishes it all off nicely. This wine is drinking beautifully right now and will continue to age well for 5-7 years at least.
Vineyard: Bacigalupi Vineyards
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Cases Produced: 93 cases
Aging: 11 months in barrel
Cooperage: 40% new oak
Harvest TA: 5.8 g/L
Harvest pH: 3.69
Harvest Date: August 27, 2015
Brix at Harvest: 26.0
Varietal Composition: 100% Pommard Clone Pinot Noir