2010 Bouchaine Estate Pinot Noir Magnum
There is a light mouth feel, high acidity and tart red fruit flavors. It’s enigmatic, but not sweet. It’s fruit balanced by earth and leather. It is spice and evergreen. There is a lot of space between the characteristic notes that speak of Pinot Noir like it used to be.
Overcast skies and a cold climate throughout the Spring and Summer induced a long fruit set, and the grapes ripened at a slower rate. This extended the harvest to weeks later than usual. In the Fall, an intense and sudden heat spell softened and matured the berries quickly, which resulted in a harvest of non-uniform fruit with a wide range of ripeness. Some of the grapes were just barely ripe, some were just right, and others were dried or sunburned. We extracted as much flavor as possible by staying close to the natural fermentation process. The result is a classic Pinot Noir in the old Carneros style, when the fruit was harvested just after it ripened and had a low sugar content.