2019 Bouchaine Vineyards Estate Pinot Noir
Bouchaine’s 104-acre estate vineyard lies on the southern border of Napa Valley’s Carneros district. Fog, wind, and the cold night time temperatures of this unique geographical area lend a distinctive regional identity to the Pinot Noir. Their Pinot Noir undergoes a native fermentation, bringing aromatic layers of tangy dark cherry, mocha, cola, and spice notes. The lip smacking entry shows both dark-er fruit and wild strawberry flavors with gorgeous rose petal and baking spices in the background.
The 2019 growing season will be remembered as a “Goldilocks” vintage. Not too cold, not too hot . . . but just right. Late rains in May had growers biting their nails as these storms can cause damage to vines that are flowering, leading to reduced crop. However, sunshine won that battle and the rains disappeared giving way to a long, consistent growing season throughout the summer. No major heat events appeared during harvest time allowing for beautiful ripening at an even pace. Juuuust right.
All grapes are hand harvested at night, preserving berry integrity and low temperatures for cold soak. After a 5–7 day cold soak in both open and closed top tanks, only native yeast is used to ferment our Pinot Noir. The wine is drawn off at the end of fermentation and the must placed into a basket press for gentle pressing. All wines complete malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels. The vineyard blocks are kept separate for evaluation with the most intriguing racked together in late Spring to assemble the finest expression of Carneros. Wine is then returned to barrel to allow the blend to marry before the August bottling.
Wine Spectator, 91 points
This is nicely rendered—compact and energetic, without being too dense or overly fruity—offering juicy red currant and raspberry notes mixed with black tea and savory hints, with everything knitting nicely through the finish. Drink now through 2026. 3,900 cases made.
USA, California, Sonoma, Carneros
100% Pinot Noir
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