Flowers Pinot Noir, 2015

Flowers Pinot Noir, 2015

55.00

As nursery owners in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Walt and Joan Flowers had long dreamed of combining their love of wine with their passion for agriculture. They knew they wanted to produce their favorite varietals, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir; what they didn’t know was that their path would eventually lead them across country to Northern California’s rugged Sonoma Coast. After responding to a small classified ad in a national wine publication, that’s exactly where they landed. In 1989, after many information-gathering trips to Napa and Sonoma, Walt and Joan purchased 321 acres, including a ridge top, high above the Pacific Ocean on the northern Sonoma Coast. With the same determination they drew on to build their successful nursery business; the Flowers proceeded with the dream of producing their favorite cool-climate varietals in a place they believed uniquely suited to growing them. Today, Flowers Winery produces Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from its two estate properties, Camp Meeting Ridge Vineyard and Sea View Ridge Vineyard, as well as select vineyards in the coolest regions of the Sonoma Coast AVA, which are farmed to Flowers’ specifications by their own crews. All grapes are hand-picked in small bins in the early hours of the morning to protect the freshness and acidity of the fruit. At Flowers, the Pinot Noir is partially de-stemmed to provide a 75% whole-berry environment in the small open-top fermenters. The grapes is cold-soaked for five to seven days and the hand-punching-down begins. After the cold-soak period, the wild yeast carries out the fermentation to showcase the terroir and complexity. Once fermentation is complete the wines are left in contact with the skins for 10-15 days to further enhance flavor and color development. The wine is aged between 14-16 months in small French oak barrels from Burgundian Coopers.This Pinot Noir show a deep garnet hue, with aromas of Bing cherry, raspberry, savory dried herbs, violet and forest floor lift elegantly from the glass. On the palate, layers of blood orange and hibiscus are framed by broad tannins, coastal minerality and brilliant acidity that culminate in a lengthy finish.

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