2020 WALT Brown Ranch Pinot Noir
"Brawny tannins support a sweetness of oak and black fruit in this full-bodied, densely concentrated wine from the great site. Herb, cola and toast flavors contribute additional intrigue."
Medium ruby in color, this Pinot Noir exhibits rich aromas of cardamom and rose, charred oak and strawberry preserves. The sweet entry leads to a plush midpalate framed and balanced by taught tannins on the finish.
The Brown Ranch vineyard sits on a hillside within the Napa Carneros "banana belt" a specific micro-climate where the morning fog burns off earlier, warming the vineyard for a longer period of time than other sites in the appellation.
|Varietal Composition||100% Pinot Noir|
|Barrel Aging||10 Months in 40% New French Oak|
|Appellation||Carneros, Napa Valley|
|Vintage Notes||The season started out with an unseasonably warm, dry winter. It wasn't until the end of March that cold, rainy weather arrived, and the mild spring gave the vines a strong, early start. Even with above normal temperatures throughout the summer and fall, we still experienced the marine influence that defines the limiting conditions of our premium Pinot Noir sites - cool morning fog and afternoon wind. This vintage produced great wines that are fresh, focused, and beautifully balanced.|