2013 Diamond Ridge Pinot Noir Napa

Year: 2013
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.5%
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Winery Notes:
The Vineyard and Winemaking:
Grapes for our Napa Valley Pinot Noir were sourced from a few highly distinct areas within the Napa Valley. Adjacent to storied vineyards on the western edge of the valley, we purchase fruit from two growers who also employ rather extremist viticulture tactics & minimize their yields to just a few pounds of grapes per vine in the low vigor and gravely loam soils found here. We also blended select lots of Pinot grown between 800 and 1200 feet above the floor of the valley. These vines are planted on a series of steep south-facing slopes, with a total of 40 acres, scattered on a series of small blocks; generally no longer than a few acres. The vines are exposed to both fog and rolling breezes from the San Pablo Bay. 100% de-stemmed, whole cluster crushed. Two punch-downs a day per lot and use of more whole clusters extended the fermentations while adding perfume and structure to the wines. Barrel fermented & aged 10 months in a blend of new (33%) and used French oak barrels. Light filtration was used at time of bottling.

Growing Season:
The 2013 season got off to an early start and ran early all the way until harvest. Our growers reported even flowering in the spring, good veraison and very uniform ripening for grapes. While summer offered an abundance of sunshine, temperatures rarely spiked above the mid-'90s and except for a few sprinkles, the early fall rains that plagued so many recent harvests, mercifully, never arrived in 2013. Overall the quality was very good, higher than normal acids and a slightly lower crop yield.

Tasting Notes:
Deep ruby in color, our 2013 Napa Valley Pinot Noir is balanced and vivacious, with pretty floral & spicy aromas. Classic notes of blueberry and violet framed by baking spice and damp earth waft up from your swirled glass. On the palate, handfuls of brambly fruit, espresso, vanilla and black tea are offered up, while a subtle touch of oak adds structure & weight on the palate.