Rayhill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
THE VINEYARD: This 9-acre vineyard is perched atop a 500-foot mountain in the Sebastopol Hills, just outside the town of Freestone. Location and climate mean the growing season is characterized by warm days, afternoon winds, and cool nights—optimal conditions for Pinot Noir. As such, vines comprise Dijon clones 115, 667, 777 and 828 on 101-14 rootstock. The vineyard also is farmed using organic practices such as cover crops with natural amendments (in other words, no herbicides). It is owned by William and Renee Rayhill.
LABEL STORY: The Ernest in Ernest Vineyards is Ernest Gottula, Todd’s grandfather and The Grandfather. Over the years “Ernest” has come to embody all of our grandparents, as well as the passion for which they stood. We are proud to carry on their legacy.
TASTING NOTE: Deep garnet color suggestive of concentrated, earthy, and leathery aromatics married with dried cherries, cassis, blackberries, and cola. Piercing acidity followed by luscious red and black fruits with a black pepper spice and velvety tannins. Our most powerful Pinot.
Aging: 30% New French Oak, 10 months
Cases Produced: 161
Alc. BY Vol: 13.0