2016 Le Ciel Serein
This edition features the vaunted "Dijon 667" clone, which is widely planted in California and a particular favorite here in Carneros. The pure fruit expression of this clone is one of its undeniable hallmarks, and in this example showcases a mixture of red and black berries, and a burst of spicy boysenberry.
With respect to tannin, the 2016 vintage merges the firmness of the 2013 with the juicy nature of 2015. This is a pinot noir with dark black and blue fruits, but critically buoyed with bright acidity which keeps the wine perched up on its toes. With more time in the glass the nose opens up with recollections of a coastal redwood forest understory featuring moist ferns, turned earth and tree bark. The palate offers ripe plum, wild berries, delicate cigar spice, and carob nibs. The final blend enjoyed fifteen months of barrel age (41% new) from our favorite French coopers.
Varietal: 100% Estate Pinot Noir