Cardwell Hill Cellars proudly releases their second vintage of Old Vines. The owners purchased an abandoned vineyard in 2000. Fourteen acres of vines were removed leaving about 3,600 of self-rooted Wadenswil clones Pinot Noir. This block produces large rich clusters that make a superb wine. This special bottling is comprised of the best barrels of the Wadenswil clone which were planted in 1983. Ten barrels of this clone were selected by the winemaker for their intensity of color and fullness of flavor. This wine was destemmed, cold soaked for 50 hours and then fermented at cool temperatures’s not to exceed 80F. The cap that develops in open top fermenters was punched down twice daily. Next the wine was fed by gravity from the fermentation desk into the barrel room. Following malolactic fermentation, the wine was racked from the lees. It was aged in Sequin Moreau barrels for a total of twenty-one months.
A bigger and bolder Pinot with flavors of berry and smoke ending with a firm and lovely finish. Drink now through 2021. 250 cases made.