||Napa Valley-Spring Mountain District|
||La Perla; 6 acres at 1550'|
||115, 777 and Pommard 5 |
||Pinot Noir 100%|
||22 months in French oak|
Retail Price: $75.00
Wine Club Price: $60.00
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Aromas of cinnamon red candy, plum and cranberry fruit, vanilla bean spice and toasty oak harmonize with a floral perfume of violets. A soft fruity entry re-states graceful plum and cranberry fruit, spice and cola. Supple tannins support an elegant and structured wine. Raspberry, red apple and a hint of mocha linger on the finish. January 2011.
Our eighth vintage of Estate Pinot Noir gave us wines of balance and purity. The growing season in 2010 was cooler than normal, but for an early ripening variety like Pinot Noir was little affected by this. Intense, balanced wines with bright acidity and concentrated fruit were produced.
Spring Mountain Vineyard
Spring Mountain Vineyard is an 845-acre estate on the eastern slopes of Spring Mountain in Napa Valley. Over 225 acres of the estate are planted to vine, representing 135 distinct hillside vineyard blocks with many soil types, exposures and microclimates. Because of the diverse and challenging terrain, a substantial portion of the vineyard is planted in densities of over 4,000 vines per acre and trained to the ancient gobelet form, a vertical trellising method invented in an earlier millennium by the Romans. Originally four separate but contiguous 19th century vineyards, Miravalle, Alba, Chevalier and La Perla are now one vineyard producing exclusively estate grown wines. The vineyard is planted primarily to classic Bordeaux grape varieties that yield distinctive wines of concentration, elegance and longevity. The ultimate expression of the vineyard is Elivette.