The grapes for our V Collection 2015 Pinot Noir came from the Moretti and Mueller vineyards in Carneros. Mueller Vineyard, nestled at the southern end of the appellation near the Sonoma border, is a flat vineyard with characteristics typical of the region: thin clay soils, frequent wind and significant cloud cover. Moretti Vineyard is on a mild slope with clay-loam soils. Both sites provide ideal conditions for a deliberate and controlled ripening period for Pinot Noir fruit, creating balanced, structured wines with intensity and complexity.
2015 was a remarkable vintage for all varieties across Napa Valley. Exposure to late fall rain was largely avoided, thanks to the region’s earliest harvest on record. Overall, the early harvest ensured optimal ripeness and excellent flavor development in the vineyard and great depth and complexity in the glass.
“This Pinot Noir opens with aromas of black cherry, plum and earthy notes with a smoky oak character and baking spices. With its viscous palate, soft entry and smooth, fleshy palate, this wine delivers decadent flavors of strawberry, cherry, cola and notes of clove and black pepper. This wine concludes with spiced fruit compote and a lengthy oak finish. This is a complex, yet food friendly, wine.” – Joe Shirley