Wightman House Vineyard Pinot Noir

Anderson Valley

Big Boy Wine

Let’s be honest: it’s hard to find a tiny vineyard planted to just one clone that makes any real sense any more. But each year, from the two acres at Wightman House, the tinniest of berries on mighty big clusters shows off the Martini clone like nothing else. Very aromatic, showing bright cherry and raspberry balanced with floral notes, hints of rose petal leading the way.

2015 Vintage

Tasting Notes

Tannin management in 2015 was the key to quality and when working with fruit from Anderson Valley, and particularly the Wightman House Vineyard, you need good viticulture and precise picking decisions to bring balance to the final wine. This wine is always intense and has a bright beautiful Beaujolais-like quality on the nose. A big, rich, ripe entry leads to black tea and bergamot notes surrounded by black cherry and hints of smoke.” – Matt Courtney, Consulting Winemaker

Winemaking

Vineyard: Wightman House Vineyard
Vintage: 2015
Appellation: Anderson Valley
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vineyard Category: Single Vineyard
Body: bold/full, weighty tannins
Profile Notes: black tea, bergamot, black cherry, hints of smoke
Production Volume: 88 cases
Acid: 0.55 gms/100ml
PH: 3.63
Aging: Aged sur lie 11 months in French Oak, 50% new
Bottling Date: August 2016
Alcohol %: 14.8

2014 Vintage

Tasting Notes

If Pinot Noir is often described as feminine, well, this wine shows a decidedly masculine bent. Unusual in that it hails from a tiny two-acre vineyard planted to just the Martini clone, it always features big tannins and broad shoulders, a big boy wine which requires some steady persuasion at harvest time, when tiny rock-hard berries with thick skins don’t give up their treasure easily. An aggressive pigeage regime demands careful attention, but the result is always rewarding. Classic Anderson Valley earthiness and crisp acids lead, balanced with tart cranberries, sour cherry and a touch of white pepper and oak spice. Never shy, and rewarding for those who favor a powerful expression of Pinot Noir.

Winemaking

Vineyard: Wightman House Vineyard
Vintage: 2014
Appellation: Anderson Valley
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vineyard Category: Single Vineyard
Body: bold/full, weighty tannins, crisp acidity
Profile Notes: Spice, oak, tart red fruit, pepper
Production Volume: 117 cases
Harvest Date: September 6, 2014
Sugar: 24 Brix
Acid: 0.58 gms/100ml
PH: 3.66
Aging: Aged sur lie 11 months in French Oak, 61% new
Bottling Date: August 3, 2015
Alcohol %: 13.8

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