Magnum - 2018 Charles Vineyard ~ Pinot Noir ~ Anderson Valley ~ 1.5 L
The 2018 Charles opens with an aromatic burst of raspberry, blackberry and pretty floral with traces of dark oak notes. The palate offers tightly knit blue and red fruit flavors – cherry, raspberry, huckleberry and blackberry – along with well-integrated toasty barrel and bramble notes. Subtle floral and fresh blue plum appear as the wine opens. Fine grained tannins and balanced acidity make this a perfect pairing Pinot. Try it with duck stuffed with herbs, oranges and shallot, and cooked until the skin is ever so crispy.
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