Domaine Eden Pinot Noir 2016, Santa Cruz Mountains, California

Domaine Eden is a mountaintop wine estate purchased by Mount Eden Vineyards in 2007. Modeled after Mount Eden, initially planted with Mount Eden clonal selections of Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, which evolved to include Pinot Noir from various Dijon and California selections. It is the former home of Cinnabar Winery.The Domaine Eden Pinot is a classic interpretation of the variety. The word is “elegant” – nothing is exaggerated or out of place and the acidity is balanced with moderate alcohol. It is just as it should be. Grown on a north facing slope at 1600 feet on the Domaine Eden estate, the grapes were harvested from August 17th * September 16th under perfect late summer days. All fermentations were natural and the wine was aged for 12 months in one to three-year-old French oak. There was no fining or filtration before bottling, a natural wine in its essence. The aromas speak of cherries with a note of forest spice. Flavors echo the more deep cherry fruit and subtle oak flavors. This Pinot will continue to develop and improve for the next decade. Yield: 1.5 tons per acre. Barrel Rgimen: French Burgundy – 1-3 years old.