This is the debut Pinot Noir released from our newest vineyard, Entre Amis, just a short mile south of the winery. Purchased as bare land, we spent 2017 to 2019 planting a variety of our favorite clones, as well as new selections of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The vines enjoy an unobstructed view of the San Pablo Bay where they encounter a near constant breeze from the Pacific in addition to the maritime influence of the bay. This is the ideal growing condition of our Carneros vineyards, which allows the grapes to cool at night and preserve the acidity before harvest.
Aromatically, the nose bursts with a mixture of red and black fruits featuring red currant and boysenberry. The palate delivers a juicy entry intertwined with silky tannins, notes of hibiscus, and saddle leather. Spending 16 months in barrel, this 2021 vintage lends a youthful tension that balances the supple tannin with its firm acidity. This inaugural release beckons enjoyment now or can be cellared to further its complexity.
The 2021 growing season commenced with an early bud break followed by unseasonably cool spring and early summer temperatures, which helped preserve vineyard health as we entered a second year of drought conditions. Summer temperatures were moderated by the marine layer which allowed the grapes to mature slowly and consistently and resulted in wonderful depth of flavor and concentration in the generous harvest.
16 Months Barrel Aged in French oak, 50% new.
Clones: 45% Cristina, 30% Dijon 114, 25% Martini
Food Pairing Notes
As the name “Entre Amis” states, this wine is meant to shared among friends. Our Pinot Noir winemaker TJ recommends pairing with duck confit or braised rabbit with sour cherry sauce.