"We like elegant, structured wines rather than those big blockbusters, wines that are intriguing rather than overwhelming."
As Cheryl says, We like wines that are pretty. Both Ric and Cheryl love the almost exotic perfume Pinot Noir possesses when it's not been made, as Ric would say, Overeagerly. In this and every vintage, the goal is to make wine that is ethereal in lightness but heavy in intrigue.
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Rossi-Wallace 2011 Napa Valley Pinot Noir:
||As the last hot days of summer carry over into autumn, you will find winemaker Ric Forman delicately balancing on the rims of ¾-ton bins of Pinot Noir grapes as he gently hand-punches the fragile fruit. Because Ric believes it is essential when it comes to crafting wine from this thin-skinned grape, all of the Antinori Vineyard grapes for the Rossi-Wallace Pinot Noir are hand-harvested and hand-punched.
In fact, treading softly could be Ric's motto when it comes to Pinot Noir; even with oak, he embraces a light touch. Rather than stocking his cellar with 100-percent new oak with a super heavy toast, he uses the thick-staved oak barrels of Burgundy, which impart a softly spicy Burgundian character to the wine. Only 50-percent of the oak is new.
Once in barrel, the wines undergo full malolactic fermentation, which adds life and dimension and helps tone down the new wood. The wines are aged sur lie for six months and racked only once. Aside from routinely stirring the lees, Ric remains as hands-off as possible, allowing the wines to develop in the barrels without his overt influence.
Ric and Cheryl talk about the 2011 Pinot Noir
Having worked with the high elevation Antinori vineyard for 5 years now, Ric feels that he has now grasped the uniqueness
of this fruit and has learned how to handle it in the cellar. Vintage 2011 was problematic for late-ripening varieties
but for the early ripening varieties it proved VERY successful. With the violet color, sparkling clarity and an
intense nose of pure Pinot, we couldn't be more pleased. There are nuances of cherry, cranberry and that "just elusive"
Pinot fruit that seduces.
Production: 14 barrels
Delicately perfumed. Richly flavored. Comfort Pinot.
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As you may have already heard ..... Napa Valley's 2012 vintage is spectacular and our Pinot is sensational! By popular demand, we are also offering a very limited production, non-oaked, Chablis-style Chardonnay. Yum!