2009 The Nth Degree Pinot Noir
This Pinot Noir has a smooth and elegant mouthfeel, with flavors of black cherry, dark plum and ground spices complemented by nuances of forest floor, a rich mouthfeel and lingering finish.
Prime Livermore Valley and Arroyo Seco Estate vineyards were selected for the Nth Degree program because of their consistent production of exceptional fruit. The vineyards were “ultra-farmed”; every vine receives at least fifteen passes by hand - to pruning, leaf pulling, removing shoots, and thinning clusters, in an effort to ensure that the grape clusters remaining at harvest are of the highest quality.
Fermentation took place in 1-ton fermentors and the grapes were punched down by hand twice daily.
The wine was aged for 15 months in French, Eastern European, and neutral oak barrels.