The wine is a beautiful red color and slightly opaque. It initially exhibits vibrant aromas of rose petal, violets, fresh strawberry and pie crust. With time, the wine evolves to reveal flavors of wild mushrooms, cedar, rhubarb, and black tea. The wine exudes a bright elegant structure with a medium weight mouthfeel and velvety softness. Fabulous flavors of cherry and tart raspberry seem to linger forever in the finish. Drink now or age for 10-15 years. The wine is an excellent pair with food.
The grapes were selected from the Pommard, Stang and Elliot clones. They were picked at relatively low Brix for a balance point with restrained alcohol and a touch higher acidity. 80% of the grapes were gently destemmed and 20% were left as whole clusters for fermentation in open top bins. The wine was aged for 10 months in French Oak barrels with less than 20% being new. The wine was racked once and bottled unfiltered.
Elke Home Ranch – Anderson Valley AVA
The Elke Home Ranch lies just west of Boonville, CA in the Anderson Valley. The Elke Home Ranch is planted to four different clones of Pinot Noir, including renowned Pommard and the extremely rare heritage clones, Stang and Elliott. Organic practices are employed in the vineyard. The vines are meticulously cane-pruned to optimize vine balance between vigor and yield.