The 2014 season was warm and relatively dry. The near ideal growing season produced firm, ripe berries that were harvested in mid-October. The fruit was processed in gravity flow concept winery within two hours of harvesting. After destemming, the juice was cold soaked for 50 hours that then inoculated with yeast. Fermentation was achieved at cool temperatures not exceeding 80F. The straight run and press wines were gravity fed to the barrel room located below the fermentation deck/crush pad. This 2014 Reserve wine is made from 27 barrels selected for their highly developed full flavors and then aged for a total of twenty-one months in a combination of new and used Sequin Moreau barrels including the new Aqua flex barrels.
Cardwell Hill Cellars wines are known for balanced alcohol and acidity due to the coolness of the vineyard site. This garnet red Pinot Noir has an elegant nose of red raspberry, blueberry and spice. The mid-palate has a soft elegant mouthfeel with notes of blackberry and cherry. Note the soft, silky tannins and lingering fruit finish. This wine pairs beautifully with salmon, pheasant, duck, and lean pork. Drink now through 2021. 675 cases made.