AVA: Sta. Rita Hills
COMPOSITION: 100% Pinot Noir
WINEMAKING NOTES: Harvested in mid-September, the fruit was hand sorted, destemmed, and cold soaked at 45 degrees for four days. Whole-berry fermentation took place in small, open-top stainless steel fermenters. The must was drained and pressed after 21 days on the skins, and the wine was filled into 228 liter French oak barrels, 60% of which were new. Malolactic fermentation took place in barrel. The wine was racked to blend after 8 months, and remained in barrel for a total of 18 months. Bottled unfined & unfiltered in July of 2014.
TASTING NOTES: Deep ruby-purple colored, the 2012 Westerly Pinot Noir displays subtle aromas of ripe raspberries and crushed red cherries with underlying notes of violets, lavender, and cinnamon stick. Medium-bodied, it is very well-balanced with crisp acid, a low to medium level of fine-grained tannins and satisfying berry and spice flavor layers that linger long into the finish. Drink now through 2020.
CASES BOTTLED: 754
RELEASE DATE: August 2014
92 POINTS - WINE ENTHUSIAST: "Black cherry, cola and a very sharp camphor element power the nose on this bottling from the winery purchased in 2013 by Roger Bower. The minty character is laced throughout the palate too, with red fruits and a powerful acidity that keeps the tongue tingling for a very long time." — M.K., Wine Enthusiast (6/1/2015)
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