On the eyes, this has a striking ruby red color with crimson hues. The nose is full with sweet cherry, rhubarb pie, cigar box and mint aromas. This is bright and silky with racy acidity, swirling with flavors of tart cherry pie, raspberry, tobacco leaf and sweet French oak.
Following on the heels of a cold winter, early spring was very wet with double our typical precipitation in March. Rapidly warming temperatures in April led to buds breaking almost a week early – these favorable conditions continued, leading to very strong fruit set after a mid-June bloom. The abundance of fruit allowed for meticulous hand thinning; only the fruit meeting stringent quality parameters was allowed to ripen. Excellent weather continued throughout the summer, leading to a warmer than average vintage and resulted in excellent ripening conditions. Moving into late summer/early fall the grape clusters were in outstanding condition which combined with an unusually dry conditions allowed for extended hang time and enhanced flavor development. The extended harvest period enabled each vineyard to be harvested at peak ripeness resulting in a crop of superb quality.
The 2014 Nicholas Pinot Noir was cold soaked, punched down, pumped over, and fermented in a stainless steel open top tank. The wine benefited from 12 months aging in 30% new French oak barrels.
|Wine Style||Red Wine|