cakebread pinot noir two creeks vineyards 2021 750ml
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Two Creeks Pinot Noir blends grapes from the Annahala (78%) and Apple Barn (22%) Estate vineyards in Mendocino County’s Anderson Valley, an appellation renowned for its superb Pinots. Proximity to the Pacific Ocean has a dramatic cooling effect that promotes slow, even ripening. Closer to the coast and sheltered by trees, Annahala is the cooler and foggier vineyard, while Apple Barn is more exposed and enjoys warmer afternoons; both sites share an overlapping mix of nine superior Pinot Noir clones. Grapes were harvested at night to preserve freshness, then hand-sorted and de-stemmed into small open-top tanks for a cold soak. Fermentation was initiated by native yeasts from the vineyard and completed after inoculation with a cultured yeast strain. Each of 16 vineyard block lots fermented separately, with a small percentage of stems to add spice and complexity. After fermentation, the free-run juice was transferred to French oak barrels, 33% new, for three months before blending. The blended wine aged another ten months in barrel before bottling
The 2021 vintage in Anderson Valley began with a dry winter giving way to a mild but warm spring and summer. The long season and warm summer days promoted even ripening, and along with drought conditions, led to low yields of grapes with concentrated flavors and an ideal balance of sugar, acidity, and pure fruit characteristics.
Aromas of freshly picked red and black cherries and wild strawberries with subtle hints of fresh rose and violet. Across the palate, this Pinot is medium-bodied with flavors of juicy ripe strawberry, red raspberry, and cherry. Baking spices and a touch of minerality emerge on the bright, strawberry-inflected finish. Bright acidity is supported by silky tannins complemented by a round mouthfeel.