E16 Winery selects pinot noir and chardonnay from California vineyards graced with the optimum confluence of soil, climate and human curation. The E16 winemaking team partners with grape growers who share a commitment to sustainable viticulture and a devotion to the fruit’s inherent varietal expression. This camaraderie is woven with a passion for excellence and respect for the fundamentals of thoughtful farming to produce noble wines having a true sense of place.
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2012 Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
Winemaking & Vineyard Details
Plums and dark meaty fruit pair up with spice and sweet earth notes. The flavors are true on the pallet with a weighty middle mouth that is balanced by the perfect amount of acidity.
Relgnis Family Vineyards is situated at the north end of Laguna Ridge, about eight miles from the coast. Recurrent morning and afternoon fog ensures the development of needed grape acidity. The dark-yellow fine sandy-loam soils control vine vigor so that photosynthesis is directed at grape development versus excessive shoot growth. Augmenting climate and soil, the partnership of pinot noir clone 667 and 101- 14 rootstock produces well-balanced wines that are the hallmark of the Laguna Ridge micro-region.
Plentiful sunshine and perfect temperatures combined to create what will be remembered as an extraordinary 2012 vintage in Northern California. The weather yielded layers of flavor and terrific structure in the grapes—which translated to excellent wine. The sun kept shining, with beautifully consistent daytime temperatures that hovered between 85 degrees and 90 degrees. Nights cooled off to the mid-50’s, preserving essential acidity in the grapes. We had the luxury of picking each vineyard exactly when desired without any pressure from inclement weather.