2006 Buena Vista Pinot Noir Estate Vineyard Series Ramal Vineyard Dijon Clones
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From Buena Vista website:
The grapes were hand harvested September 19, 2006, hand sorted and de-stemmed. Each lot was cold soaked for five days to maximize color and flavor extraction. Fermentation took place in five ton open-top fermenters punched down three times a day to broaden the texture and complexity of the wine. After 14 days on skins, the wine was aged in Francois Freres, Demptos and Remond French oak barrels (40% new) for 9 months.
The 2006 Dijon Clones Pinot Noir is deep purple in color with aromas of blackberry, mocha, toast, damp earth, cardamom and roasted nuts. It continues with a spicy entry and flavors of black cherry, cocoa, broad sweet tannins and cherry liqueur. The wine lingers with a long rich finish balanced by great acid and fruit definition. The Dijon clones exhibit more structure than the Swan Selection and lend to darker black fruit characteristics. Bold enough to pair with a roasted rosemary rack of lamb along with new spring red potatoes.