The 2013 growing season was early, even and all-around excellent. A warm, dry spring brought early bud break, helped with canopy vigor and berry size, and created ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set under sunny skies. With the exception of one heat spike in late June and early July, temperatures were consistently in the zone for optimal vine activity, resulting in notably healthy vines as fruit went through veraison and began to ripen. This vintage gave us the extraordinary gift to pick what we wanted, when we wanted.
The 2013 Sun Chase Pinot Noir is our inaugural release of Pinot Noir. An incredibly vibrant wine, the aromas are complex and rich. Plums, black cherries, blackberries and flowers all jump from the glass, finishing with notes of cloves and sweet tobacco. This Pinot Noir has great structure and a strong backbone, with balanced mouthwatering acidity, soft tannins and a long finish. This is definitely a wine to hold on to for a few years.
This Sun Chase Pinot Noir comes from three distinct blocks comprised of three different clones: 667, 777 and 828. Each block was fermented separately in stainless steel open fermenters. About 35% of 667 was whole cluster to increase complexity and mouthfeel. Overall, the wine represents about 15% whole cluster. From there, each block was aged separately for 12 months in 25% new French oak.
TA: 5.02 g/L
RS: <0.2 g/L Dry
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