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2015 Cigar Box “Old Vine” Pinot Noir

Region:Central Valley (Casablanca Valley)
Varietal:100% Pinot Noir
Vintage:2015
Alcohol:13.5% by vol
Acidity:3.11 g/l as tartaric acid
Residual Sugar:6.5 g/l
pH:3.68

TASTING NOTES

Cigar Box “Old Vine” Pinot Noir is hand harvested from a single heritage vineyard.

Rich and vibrant, this wine never fails to disappoint. Black cherry and violet characters mingle harmoniously with smoky warm spice. Hints of red cherries, raspberries, and strawberries are balanced with touch of vanilla and leather.

The wine has serious weight and structure while remaining perfectly balanced.

The Old Vine Pinot Noir was aged for 6 months in new French oak.

VINIFICATION

The grapes were handpicked in late March to ensure the correct ripeness and varietal characteristics. All bunches were harvested at between 23 and 25 brix.

VINEYARDS

The whole clusters were immediately destemmed, partially crushed, and chilled to allow for a 5-day pre-fermentation cold maceration to encourage color extraction.

Fermentation took place at cool 22oC with a gentle extraction to achieve a soft and friendly palate while maintaining its fruity character. After a short post-fermentation maceration the wine was aged for 6 months in new French oak to add complexity to the final blend.

Gentle egg white fining completed the process.