Name: Maison L'Envoye Tamar Valley Pinot Noir
Sub-Region: Tamar Valley
Producer: Maison l'Envoye
Varietal: Pinot Noir
From the Winery:
"After an average winter rainfall, and above average in late spring, the scene was set for excellent growth as the weather warmed. A damp spring meant flowering was sporadic and yields were reduced. A moderate August provided even budburst. Summer continued mild and warm with some rain in January. A glorious autumn provided superb Pinot Noir with excellent perfume, concentration, crisp acid and overall very good, ripe flavors.
The fruit was hand picked and sorted from a mature vineyard block on the Chromy Vineyard in the upper Tamar Valley then chilled overnight. Whole berries and 20% whole clusters underwent an indigenous ferment in a large French oak vat. Drain and returns along with plunges were minimal. The wine matured over the following 10 months in oak barriques. Bottled in January, 2016 by gravity unfined and unfiltered.
This is a delicate and fragrant style of Pinot with distinct characters of red apple, cranberry, nutmeg, and earth notes. The judicious use of oak works to this wine’s advantage by imparting a nice mouthfeel against the generous, supple palate."