2015 Bravium Pinot Noir

Year: 2015
Appellation: Anderson Valley
Country: USA-California
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.5%
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"This is an engaging, nervy wine, with a light, savory aroma and tangy red-cherry flavors riding on a firm frame of fine-grained tannins and good acidity. It does not try to overwhelm with superripe fruit or oak, but just lets the purity of the grapes shine through." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Vineyard Notes:
We carefully select our Pinot Noir grapes from three vineyards in Anderson Valley: Donnelly Creek, Ridge at Valley Foothills, and Wiley, in the famed “Deep End”, the westernmost portion of the valley. Donnelly Creek Vineyard, a beautiful 80-acre site, rests in a slightly warmer part of the appellation, translating to relatively riper fruit. Ridge Vineyard, a family-owned site, gives us 30 year-old Jackson clone Pinot Noir with exceptional flavor. The historic Wiley Vineyard is a true cool-climate site, resting on benchlands just ten miles from the Pacific Ocean. This vineyard is renowned for its bucolic setting and pristine fruit that is an appellation benchmark.

Production Notes:
The 2015 growing season in Anderson Valley was characterized by early bud break and early harvest. February and March were unusually warm, giving the vines a running start. As colder temperatures moved into the valley in May, ripening slowed, allowing for excellent flavor development and acidity in the grapes. Yields were significantly reduced compared to the generous 2012 and 2013 vintages but the small berries and shatter that characterized this vintage resulted in phenomenal quality in the glass.

Winemaker Notes:
A classic coastal Pinot Noir from the far reaches of Mendocino, this elegant wine offers a vivacious and exotic presentation with aromas of strawberry, rhubarb, rose petal, raspberry, wild berry, crushed rock, wood smoke, and red cherry. A soft entry and plush palate delivers berry patch flavors, balanced by orange peel notes, with a chalky, mineral-driven finish. Bright acidity, fine-grained tannins, and classic Anderson Valley finesse combine to create a beautifully balanced Pinot Noir that, while enjoyable in its youth, possesses impressive aging potential.