2016 Charles Vineyard ~ Pinot Noir ~ Anderson Valley ~ 750 ml
Our wine from Charles Vineyard, located in Anderson Valley, is always a different animal yet always a treat. The garnet-colored 2016 has a clean, juicy red fruit nose with sweet, inviting floral notes joining in as the wine opens. It’s a great lead into the focused, concentrated pomegranate, cranberry and raspberry flavors that wind around an impressively dense core. Balanced acidity and fine-grained tannins fill the palate from front to finish, indicating the wine will age gracefully. Unfortunately a glass of this seriously fine wine empties surprisingly fast. Buy several bottles, or a case or two, so you'll have some to tuck away for awhile.
The Charles Vineyard is located in the Southeast part of Boonville along the Anderson Creek in the Anderson Valley, Mendocino County. The Charles family has been in Boonville on this property since 1950 when the land was a lumber mill, then a cattle ranch and converted to vineyards in 1999. Its unique location makes it ideal for Pinot Noir; while not on the coast, the valley opens to the ocean allowing the cool marine layer to make its way through the valley, giving it a coastal influence, sometimes resulting in as much as 50 degree fluctuations in temperature in a single day. This vineyard is meticulously tended and contains clones 114, 115, 777 and Pommard on three different root stocks.
11 months in Francois Fréres French Oak, 50% new, 50% 1-2 year old