2016 EC "Witness Tree Vineyard" Pinot Noir

This final Pinot Noir from a section of old “Pommard” clone vines came from a section of the Witness Tree Vineyard that was often the core of our “Vintage Select” offering. Planted in 1982, these vines were some of the oldest planted in the valley. Once harvested, the grapes were destemmed, cold soaked and then spent two weeks in the fermenter. After pressing, the wine was moved to barrel where it rested for eleven months prior to bottling. It is intensely aromatic, unbelievably dark in color, and on the palate explodes with deep, rich red fruit and spice. The finish echoes on and on. Without getting into hyperbole, this wine, along with the “Benchmark” described above may be among the best wines we ever made here at Witness Tree. 199 cases were created.