The 2018 Pinot Noir Clone 828 opens with warm aromas of plum, cola and baking spice with hints of leather. A round, supple texture reveals silky flavors of cherry, pomegranate and clove spice with secondary notes of brooding dark fruits. Notes of coffee emerge on a clean, sleek finish.
The 35-acre Brick Barn estate vineyard lies just north of the Santa Ynez River in a largely unexplored winegrowing corridor near the city of Buellton in the western Santa Ynez Valley. The 2017 Pinot Noir Clone 828 comes from Block 10, which is planted along an upper highland at an elevation of 550 feet. Here, persistent sun exposure ensures fully defined fruit flavors, while the Pacific Ocean—just 10 miles away—delivers daily cooling that maintains vital varietal acidity and structure. Rocky loam and limestone soils further ensure the authentic expression of variety and clone. The result is a naturally expressive Pinot Noir that showcases the distinctive qualities of Clone 828, which is known to excel in our estate vineyard. Clone 828 originates from the Dijon region of France and is prized for its deep fruit character and lush texture.
The fruit from Block 10 was night harvested to ensure complete fruit integrity. After harvesting, the majority of the grapes were destemmed and cold soaked for a gentle extraction of color and flavor. However, a 10-percent portion of the fruit was kept ‘whole cluster’ for the development of savory spice nuances. The must was fermented in open-top bins with manual punchdowns three times daily—a small-lot winemaking regimen designed to maximize fruit quality and expression. The wine was then aged for 22 months in French oak barrels featuring 20 percent new oak, bringing added texture and dimension to the palate. A total of 16 barrels were selected to create this limited-edition clonal selection.
Food Pairing Notes
The rich, soft character of the 2018 Pinot Noir Clone 828 makes a nice match for grilled salmon, pork tenderloin and duck breast in red wine sauce. After dinner, try it with brown butter cake with coffee glaze.