The wine displays an alluring garnet color and classic elegance. Aromas are of strawberry, raspberry, forest floor and a touch of white pepper and sage. The wine evolves with every sip revealing black tea, rose petals and a hint of chocolate. The long finish is of tart cherry pie with vanilla topping.
The grapes were picked in about equal amounts of Swan and Dijon 115 clone and destemmed to open top fermenters. A slight inoculation of wine yeast allowed native yeasts to survive well into the fermentation. Punch downs were twice a day. The wine was aged in barrel, with slightly less than 20% being new French oak. The wine was not racked prior to bottling.
Haynes Vineyard – Coombsville AVA
The Haynes Vineyard is located in the Coombsville American Viticultural Area (AVA) within the Napa Valley. Coombsville is in the southeast end of the Napa Valley due east of the city of Napa. Brad began his career at Farella Vineyard in what would later become the Coombsville AVA. While at Farella, Brad was co-author of the Coombsville AVA application and had the opportunity to taste a very impressive 1991 Pinot Noir made from local grapes.
Very little Pinot Noir is grown in Coombsville. We jumped at the chance when Pinot Noir became available from the Haynes Vineyard. The Haynes Vineyard was originally planted in 1966 to Martini Pinot Noir and Wente Chardonnay clones. The Swan and Dijon 115 Pinot Noir clones and Syrah have been added to the mix since then.
Fernando Delgado came on board in 1970 and still manages the vineyard. There is very little he hasn’t seen over the years. The result is an impeccably well balanced vineyard.