2021 WALT Brown Ranch Pinot Noir
"The 2021 Pinot Noir WALT Brown Ranch comes from Carneros and is an outstanding effort, giving up lots of darker cherry and redcurrant fruits as well as some spicy, foresty, earthy nuances, medium body, terrific balance, and enough ripe tannins to keep it drinking nicely for a decade."
Brown Ranch Vineyard
Sits on a hillside at the base of the Mayacamas in the
Carneros, Napa Valley appellation
a slightly warmer temperature where the morning fog
burns off earlier
San Pablo Bay
Brings cool fog and ocean breezes
The aromas open to brooding black cherry, brown sugar, and dried herbs. A soft and supple entry leads to a densely concentrated mid-palate supported by warm flavors of cola and toasted oak. A hint of nutmeg spice adds an energizing lift to 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 (François Frères)|
|Appellation||Carneros, Napa Valley|
|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.|