Our 2016 Moss Oak Pinot Noir offers aromas of tobacco leaf, Assam tea, and rose petals. The entry is sweet, round, and juicy, with a velvety smooth texture, offering flavors of black cherry, strawberry, and forest floor earthiness.
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Our Small Lot Collection wines are the result of years of experience tasting the mosaic of different and distinct individual blocks on our Bell Mountain Estate ranch. As we cull through and taste each lot, specific micro blocks speak to us. These limited offerings are handcrafted with our 100% estate-grown organic grapes that benefit from our sustainable farming approach.
We have less than an acre planted to Pinot Noir Clone 777, often lauded as the most aromatic of the Pinot Noir clones. These specific blocks are on the Russian River Valley side of our estate and are some of the coldest, with the early morning fog continually racing in. As you walk through these vineyards, there is a majestic oak tree shrouded with moss. It is this tree that we name our Small Lot Collection Pinot Noir after – Moss Oak.
We whole berry ferment eliminating astringent tannins, and giving the wine a softer mouthfeel. Bottled unfined and unfiltered, the 2016 Moss Oak offers aromas of tobacco leaf, Assam tea, and rose petals. The entry is sweet, round, and juicy, with a velvety smooth texture, offering flavors of black cherry, strawberry, and forest floor earthiness.
The 2016 vintage began with a warm spring and some late rains that gave us an early budbreak and enough water to provide good early season vine growth despite being in the tail end of a severe drought. June and July were warmer than usual, but when we approached the key ripening months of August and September, the weather cooled significantly, allowing a slow approach to maturity. These conditions favor good fruit development without excessively high alcohol. Exactly the kind of wine we love to make.