2021 WALT Blue Jay Pinot Noir
"Ripe and seemingly languid, but has an underlying succulence to the mix of dark cherry, raspberry and plum fruit, while sleek anise, black tea and warm earth accents course through the finish. Reveals a late flicker of pine forest, too."
93 Points | Owen Bargreen
..."On the nose this takes on wet gravel and Bing cherry notes alongside shades of cinnamon and cloves. Very approachable on the mouth, this delivers a seamless texture and is loaded with bright red and dark fruits with loamy soils."
Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
Focused and elegant with luscious cherry fruit and
Southern exposure, cobbled clay loam soils and
Due to its proximity to cool, steady winds from
the Pacific Ocean
Vivid aromas of black cherry, plum, clove and dried meadow grasses rise from the glass. Our signature technique of including roasted stems in the fermentation adds a lift of structure and spice to the ripe, plush palate. Dark fruit flavors lead to a finish with beautiful length.
Dried Meadow Grasses
Our 2021 Blue Jay is sourced from a unique set of vineyards from 'The Corner' of Anderson Valley - located in the hills to the East of Boonville. Both of our estate properties have steep hillsides, aspect, and light gravelly soils that combine to create optimal ripening conditions. These very rugged vineyard sites continuously produce fruit of great depth and character.
|Varietal Composition||100% Pinot Noir|
|Barrel Aging||14 months in 35% New French Oak (François Frères)|
|Vintage Notes||The alluring 2021 vintage is remarkable for its low yields, which resulted in an extra degree of concentration in our wines. In a second year of drought, the vines grew quickly in the warm spring weather while our team judiciously managed watering block by block. By summer, the vines had set a lighter than average crop, and cooler weather in August allowed time for vineyard passes to finetune the fruit load and manage the canopy. After a smooth harvest season, we are excited about the flavor-packed 2021's.|