Antle Vineyard Pinot Noir 2016
Enfield Wine Company
Bottle Sizes 750ml
Country United States
Wine Type Red - Still
Varietals Pinot Noir
Vineyard Antle Vineyard was originally named Graff Family Vineyard and was planted by Richard Graff, longtime owner of Chalone Vineyard. The Chalone AVA, with its soils of limestone and decomposed granite, has a storied history with Chardonnay and Pinot Noir including, of course, the infamous 1976 “Judgement of Paris”. Enfield's block at Antle has the chunkiest limestone soil we have seen Pinot Noir vines planted on in California, and is a challenge to anyone skeptical about minerality in wine.
Soil Limestone and decomposed granite
Viticulture Vineyard is farmed organically. Cordon pruning. The vineyard is of high elevation, over 600 meters. Yields are about 40 hl/ hectare.
Vinification The full lot was destemmed into an open top fermenter where the grapes were gently punched down 1-2 times a day during a native yeast fermentation. The wine was pressed just before dryness after about 14 days on the skins.
Aging 11 months in 10 year old 350L “Hogshead” puncheons. The wine was bottled unfined & unfiltered.
Production 2 “Hogshead” 350L puncheons. (70cs)
Notes "The 2016 is cool as the other side of the pillow. A slightly broader vintage, with deep notes of cherry and earth and softer tannins. The limestone provides minerality and a racy crystalline texture that keeps the wine singing. Warning: 1 bottle may lead to another! Deep cherry, cranberry, mythical elven forest, and a long mineral limestone finish." - John Lockwood
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