Olivia Brion Pinot Noir 2010
Heron Lake Vineyard, Wild Horse Valley
2010 is the second great vintage in a row for both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Both vintages had painfully low yields from our rocky hillside vineyard. The payoff came with great concentration, focused acidity, and perfect structure in both varietals. Winemaker's tasting notes:
Morello cherries start the parade of aromatics, followed by Mandarin orange peel and "grandma’s baking spices" (cardamom, clove, allspice). The flavors are "woodsy" (or sous bois, beneath the trees, as they say in Burgundy). This lovely Pinot is rich and complex without being at all heavy. Classic—everything in place. Very rich expansive flavors, this wine will hold and age for years.
The guiding principle for our winemaking is gentle fruit handling – not a seed broken!
After fermentation and gentle pressing, the wine is transferred by gravity into French oak barrels below in the underground cellar to be aged nineteen to twenty months.
This concentrated pinot really developed extra depth with this extended barrel aging.