The Dijon family of clones, 114, 115, 667, and 777 came to the U.S. in the late eighties, and by the late nineties were widely planted along the North Coast. These four clones were selected from a group of 1000 trials, and for this reason have numerical names. 115 has generally been regarded as the most delicate and pretty of the group, and it tends to ripen earlier than the 667 and the 777 in Carneros.
This 100% estate-grown Pinot Noir, crafted solely from the Dijon 115 clone, shows its aristocratic pedigree right out of the gate. Bright acidity and finely polished tannins frame delicate, nuanced flavors: rose petal, fresh plum, strawberry, rhubarb, and mandarin zest. Complex, ethereal, and transcendent, this wine rewards the introspective taster.
In 2017, heat spikes in late summer forced an early pick. Two blocks were harvested on August 30th, and September 2nd, respectively. Élevage commenced with only the free run wine going to barrel. 18 barrels were selected for the final blend, 8 new (44%) featuring the cooperages of Sirugue, CaVin, Rousseau, and Francois-Freres.
493 cases produced, available only at the winery and crafted exclusively for our wine club members.