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2014 McEvoy Ranch Evening Standard Pinot Noir Marin County California
SRP: $45 Bottle / $540 Case
HARVESTED August 27th, 29th, 30th, and September 12th, 2014
APPELLATION Marin County, CA
VINEYARDS McEvoy Ranch and Azaya Estate Vineyards
GROWING METHOD Certified Organic by CCOF
BOTTLED August 1st, 2016
COMPOSITION 100% Pinot Noir - Clones 115, 777, Calera, Swan, Pommard, Mt. Eden, Mariafeld, 2A, 828, 667
FERMENTATION Native yeasts; open-top French oak puncheons, concrete tanks, and stainless steel tanks
BARREL AGING 18 months in Francois Frères French oak puncheons (15% new)
PRODUCTION 650 cases
WINEMAKER Winemaker Blake Yarger Consulting Winemaker Maurizio Castelli
VINTAGE NOTES After a very dry and warm early winter, we saw nearly nine inches of rainfall in February 2014. Coupled with mild temperatures, budbreak occurred in early March, a few weeks ahead of schedule. Despite the early budbreak and persistent drought conditions, bloom and fruit set took place in favorable weather and resulted in an above average crop. Typically cool mornings and warm afternoons continued through the spring and early summer with an occasional light rain, making for optimal growing conditions. We began picking the last week of August, a week or two earlier than average for our cool, coastal vineyards.
WINEMAKING NOTES The 2014 Evening Standard was fermented with naturally occurring yeasts in a combination of opentop French oak puncheons, concrete tanks, and stainless steel tanks. Puncheons were punched down by hand multiple times per day to gently extract fine tannins and enhance the deep color. Délestage was performed on tanks every other day, and wines were pressed at dryness after 10-15 days of maceration. The wine was then aged for 18 months without racking in 500L French oak puncheons from Francois Frères and was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
TASTING NOTES The story continues to unfold with our 2014 Evening Standard Pinot Noir. While there is a delicacy, a freshness to this wine, it is counterbalanced with a brilliant sauvage element of gaminess and earthiness that makes you want to take another sip. The focused aromas begin with shitake mushroom, and then continue with grilled herbs, violet, and blood orange. The palate is round with a hint of campfire smoke, rhubarb, Alpine strawberry, and black tea. Overall, this wine has more red tones in it than blue/black. There’s a slight kick at the finish before leading to the final chapter of subtle power.