Wenzlau Pinot Noir The Drawing Board 2016
- Type: Red
- Producer: Wenzlau
- Varietal: Pinot Noir
- Country: USA
- Region: California
- Size: F - 750 ml
- Bin: D9879
Tasting Note: Fresh, red stone fruit and bright acidity, giving the wine a pleasing, lip-smacking liveliness.
The Site: Organically farmed, the vines are planted on tierra loam soils as well as diatomaceous outcroppings (lots of crushed sea shells, black clay and broken river rocks). This elevated, southwest slope gets pounded by the onshore flow coming off the Pacific Ocean. The vines send their roots deep into this signature Sta. Rita Hills dense, microbial black clay soil to steady themselves against the constant beating of the sea breeze. It is this condition that gives the fruit’s juice added boldness and complexity.
Winemaking: The berries were picked before first light and came into the cellar cool, dark & juicy. The wine blends all blocks from our Estate vineyard, as well as grapes from our older vines on our acre on Mt. Carmel. The grapes were pressed to barrel after 10-14 days fermenting in the cellar with about 15% whole stem inclusion in the finished wine. The wine spent 18 months in barrels, about 20% new French Oak. No fining, no filtration, no chaptalization.-Grand Cru Selections