2016 was a great year that saw us return to almost normal rainfall following the extreme drought that had persisted over previous three vintages. That being said, vines were still feeling the pressure, with canopies and yields remaining low. A surprisingly warm spring got things off to quick start, and warmth continued into mid-season before a cooling spell slowed things down and allowed for good hang time and flavor development. Due to the early budbreak and low yields, harvest began the earliest we have ever started on August 8th and finished with the last pick on October 24th. The highlight of the 2016 is without a doubt it’s tremendous freshness, with everything showing bright acids, deep color, and juicy profiles, all traits that will help the wines age gracefully for many years. All in all, 2016 shows promise to be similar to 2014 in quality and ageworthiness, yet will have more freshness at a younger age.
2016 Aequorea Pinot Noir, Seafarer
2016 Aequorea Pinot Noir, Derby West Vineyard
2016 Aequorea Pinot Noir, Riven Rock Vineyard
2016 Aequorea Pinot Noir, Spanish Springs Vineyard