2014 Louise Vineyard Pinot Noir
The 2014 harvest began on September 9th picking the first 3.6 tons of Pommard clone Pinot Noir off of Louise Vineyard that surround our parking lot harvested at a ripe 24.6 degrees Brix. Because Louise lies at our lowest elevation on the estate, the earliest ripening blocks are often the first fruit picked every year. Over a three day period of September 11th- 13th the 777, majority of 115 and remaining Pommard was hand picked bringing nearly 15 tons, or 57% of Louise Vineyard to the winery ranging between 23.6 degrees Brix and 24.9 degrees Brix. Just seven days after picking began in Louise, the last of the fruit came out of the vineyard on September 16th. The last fruit from the 113, 114, 115 blocks of Pinot Noir in Louise came in on a spectrum of ripeness and flavor profiles ranging from 23.6 degrees Brix to a ripe 25.1 degrees Brix.
The 2014 Louise Vineyard Pinot Noir is a thirty-nine barrel selection of some of the favorite barrels from the vineyard. The overall blend is composed of 5 clones of Pinot Noir: 26% 777; 26% 115; 23% Pommard; 18% 113; and 8% 114. In the winery after tasting, we think the 2014 Louise Vineyard exhibits dark fruits, and a dusty, earthy nose with balanced oak vanilla as the high note. The palate has mouth-coating tannins with great persistence and balance. The fruit profile is mixed on the palate with a combination of concentrated black currant, black cherry, and black licorice, along with bright, vibrant red fruit and great integration of cinnamon spice from the stem inclusion.