2017 Charles Vineyard ~ Pinot Noir ~ Anderson Valley ~ 750 ml
Another stunner from Charles Vineyard. There's plenty of inviting dark red fruit on the nose, infused with a wonderful shot of earth and bramble - like smelling the whole raspberry bush. This wine really makes its presence known from the first sip. Vibrant black raspberry, cherry and deep red fruit flavors combine with fresh earthiness gives it some grounding. There's always a bit of earth paired with the fruit in Charles. The wine has impressive, fine-grain tannins that elevate the acidity, and deliver the dark fruit and brambly flavors like a champ. This wine will benefit from aging with a lot of interesting, fun stages of development - if you are able to cellar some. Pair this one with duck, lamb or steak. Oh, yeah!
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