Stressed Vines' 2018 Pinot Noir was inspired by the great Pinot Noirs of Burgundy and Sonoma County. Crafted from the highest quality grapes sourced from a single vineyard nestled within the micro-climate hills of Annapolis in northern Sonoma County, this wine is medium bodied with a unique blend of minerality, acid, and tannins with aromas of ripe red cherry, red currant, rhubarb, cranberry, bramble, baking spices and violets.
The single vineyard grapes are carefully hand sorted prior to de-stemming then gravity fed into small closed macro-bins where the fruit is then cold-soaked for 5 days in order to gently extract the flavors, color and tannins. We punch down up to 3 times daily, depending on the stage of the fermentation, and our Pinot generally spends 10 to 15 days on the skins. After fermentation, the free-run juice is separated from the grapes which are then gently pressed and barrelled-down into once used French oak barrels to age. 50% of the free-run juice is blended with the pressed juice in each barrel where it will mature and mellow for 11 months before being racked, filtered and then bottled without any fining.