2021 Angeline Pinot Noir California by Martin Ray
The most profound contributing factor to the outstanding quality of our California Pinot Noir, and the integrity to its varietal, is the diversity of its sourcing. Because it is not relegated to a single county or growing region, we are given the opportunity to source from the best Pinot Noir regions throughout the state. From the warmer regions of the Central Coast, to the foggy cool valleys of our Northern Coast, each individual lot promotes the intense berry and spice flavors quintessential to Pinot Noir.
The culmination of factors from another drought year in California surprised us with a beautiful vintage. An unseasonably dry and mild winter led to an early spring, which forced the vines into bud break during peak frost season. A relatively warm, but even summer, resulted in early harvest dates, with lower-than-average yields.
COMPOSITION: 100% Pinot Noir
WINEMAKING: Hand-picked, Destemmed, but not crushed in order to prevent the release of tannins from skins and seeds. Fermented in stainless steel tanks. 30% new French oak barrels
Vivid notes of black raspberry, fresh pomegranate juice, with wild blueberry, sassafras, subtle licorice, toasted oak an earthy backbone, and grippy tannins.