2016 Sumac Ridge Private Reserve Pinot Noir
Aromas of strawberry and sour cherry with a hint of spice are found on the nose. The palate carries over what is on the nose, with a lucious richness of fresh strawberry, red fruits and a sublte oak undertone.
Bud break came very early this year as the beginning of the spring season was very hot and dry. May through early July brought on heavy rainfall and cooler temperatures which led to concerns about early berry development. The remainder of the summer was warm with cooler temperatures at night which allowed the fruit to develop balanced and bright flavours, which made for ideal whites. The reds benefitted from an earlier than usual growing season, allowing them more time to reach their potential, particularly with our late-ripening varietals. The cool autumn allowed them to hang even longer, which led to a more elegant, balanced structure.
The grapes were picked at peak ripeness and cold soaked for 3 days before being fermented in open top fermenters for 2 weeks. The tanks were punched down 2 times daily to help with flavour and colour extraction. The wine then went through secondary fermentation and was aged in French and American oak for 3 months. 90% Pinot Noir, 10% Baco Noir
Food Pairing Notes
Pairs beautifully with a grilled ahi tuna steak on a bed of fresh greens, roast chicken, and sauteed mushrooms. The nuttiness of Gruyere or the semi-soft Taleggio cheese matches up nicely with our Pinot Noir.