Cakebread Two Creeks Pinot Noir 2017
Grapes for Cakebread's Two Creeks Vineyard are harvested exclusively from this Anderson Valley estate vineyard where the cool, foggy mornings and warm late afternoons are ideal for ripening Pinot Noir grapes to perfection. The vineyard features six superb French Pinot Noir clones, which yield small-berried grapes with intense, concentrated flavors and ripe, round tannins. Each lot receives a three-day cold soak before fermenting separately in open-top stainless steel tanks with gentle, manual punch-downs. Following a maceration of several weeks with daily assessments of color and tannin development, the wine was transferred to 30% new French oak barrels. In spring, the wine was blended and barrel-aged for another 6-7 months. Total barrel aging is 14 months.
Fragrant aromas of sweet black cherry, raspberry and rose petal introduce the rich, pure fruit of this fresh and lively pinot noir. Dense mid-palate flavors of ripe black cherry, red cherry, strawberry and plum, supported by fine, supple tannins, offer a layered complexity and glide into a round, long finish highlighting bright raspberry, cherry and mineral tones. Delicious now, this lovely pinot noir will develop additional complexity with another 3-5 years of bottle age.
|Region||California, North Coast, Anderson Valley|
Wine AdvocateThe 2017 Pinot Noir Two Creeks is produced from 100% estate fruit, with 77% coming from their Annahala vineyard and 23% from Apple Barn vineyard. It was fermented with a proportion of stems and native yeast, then aged 10 months in 41% new French oak. Pale ruby-purple in color, it leaps from the glass with vivacious redcurrant jelly, black raspberries and rhubarb scents plus touches of wild thyme, cloves, rose hip tea and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, the palate has a firm structure of chewy tannins and lovely freshness defining the red berry and earthy layers, finishing with an herbal lift.