2015 Oppenlander Pinot Noir
The brambly, peppery, cinnamon toastiness of its aromas derive their accents from this iconic yet obscure vineyard in a cool pocket of Mendocino County’s northern frontier. Wild strawberries introduce themselves to the palate delicately at first before pepper, baking spices and dark plums provide the chorus.
Truly a "big Pinot" due to its cool, mountainous location, this wine clearly speaks to the redwood forests and NW Mendo location near the hamlet of Comptche. The tannins generated by this site are larger-than-life, requiring 16 months on the lees generated by finishing the fermentation in 25% new French oak barrels. With 18% whole cluster in the fermentor, the wine was pressed off at 4 Brix and allowed to finish the wild primary and secondary fermentations in barrel with weekly stirrings until complete. After completion, the wine was racked with its full lees complement into2 once-used Chardonnay barrels that included the Chardonnay lees from the previous year. This helped to further sculpt and soften the tannins. Like a sculptor with a beautiful piece of marble, we took our one-chip-at-a-time patience with this Northern Beauty.
PRODUCTION: 50 cases
Label Artwork by Sara Spaulding Phillips