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2016 PINOT NOIR, Morning Dew Ranch

A single vineyard Pinot Noir from our Morning Dew Ranch estate vineyard in Anderson Valley, with enticing aromas of brambleberries, toasted sage, and clove leading to plush yet silky layers of red fruits, polished tannins, and a refined finish.

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♦ Morning Dew Ranch has been named one of the Top 5 Pinot Noir Vineyards in Anderson Valley by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

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*94 Points, Editors' Choice - Wine Enthusiast*
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Wine Specs
100% Pinot Noir
Anderson Valley, Mendocino County
Harvest Date
September 20, 2016
6.2 g/L
10 months in Burgundian French oak barrels, 50% new oak
20% whole cluster fermented
Bottling Date
August 29, 2017
Residual Sugar
0.4 g/L
Alcohol %
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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Enticing aromas of brambleberries, toasted sage, white pepper, and clove lead to plush yet silky layers of red fruits and hints of graham cracker on the palate, with a subtle acidity, polished tannins, and a refined finish.
• Jim Gordon, Wine Enthusiast Magazine (94 Points, Editors’ Choice) - Bold and spicy, this firmly built wine is the first Morning Dew Ranch vineyard-designate from the new owners of the estate. It starts with exotic and enticing aromas of fresh mint, basil and clove, then delivers pure, focused black fruits and a generous dose of new-oak spice on the palate. Healthy, lip-smacking tannins and firm acidity give it great structure, yet there's no hurry to enjoy this wine. Best after 2020. • Rich Cook, Wine Reviews Online (94 Points) - A complex, layered expression, featuring black cherry, sage, damp earth and a touch of pepper in the aroma profile. The palate follows suit, with lively acidity knitting the promised flavors into a long, intriguing glass of Anderson Valley. This will ride well alongside fish, pork or beef, and I’d lean into the herbs in the food prep. Another winner from Brooks Painter and his winemaking team. • Kirsten Georgi, The Armchair Sommelier (94 Points) - 100% Pinot Noir from the 12-acre Morning Dew Ranch vineyard. Aged for 10 months in French Burgundy oak barrels. Medium ruby in color. Wow. Layers and layers of complexity. Strawberry, fresh red cherries, cola, vanilla, clove, cocoa, tobacco. Gorgeous structure — soft yet strong (but not bullying) tannins, and engaging acidity. I say again, wow. Sometimes, in my zeal for Burgundy, I forget just how transformative California Pinot Noir can be when it’s made well. And this one is made very well. It’s elegant, classy, and thought-provoking. 13.9% ABV. Retail = $75. I’d buy a case of this stuff without hesitation. • The Wine Guys (92 Points) - When we think of @thecastello , we tend to go with incredibly beautiful big castle that every tourist goes to for Italian varietals and Cabernet. But here comes a new vineyard from them and the Pinot Noir from it is pretty good and a nice change of pace. Notes of toasted marshmallow, leather, molasses, black cherries, oak spice, vanilla and ripe raspberries. Big, rich, mouthfeel that punches dark berries with generous oak notes. Despite the big palate, surprising decent amount of acidity on the finish, fairly good structure, and well integrated tannins. Fans of the big and lush, this is your jam, pun intended, this screams California. Enjoy over the next 5-7 years. (via Instagram) • Issac Baker, The Terroirist (91 Points) - Light purple color. Inviting aromas of plums, kirsch, sweet cherries, rhubarb, cola, lightly roasted coffee. Full-bodied on the palate, nicely structured with medium tannins and acidity. Juicy and fruity with black cherries, dark plums, jammy raspberries, saucy but shows a lot of complexity in the form of cola, violets, clove, sarsaparilla, and an earthy/pine resin notes. Rich and forward but well-done.
Vineyard Notes
This 12 acre Castello Estate vineyard, located just west of the town of Philo in Anderson Valley, Mendocino County, is in a very cool microclimate and divided into 9 blocks of Pinot Noir planted with DRC, 115, 777, Rochioli, 23, and 828 clones. It is sustainably farmed by our vineyard team, led by longtime Castello Vineyard Manager David Bejar.
Production Notes
This Castello Estate wine is the newest addition to our Pinot Noir program, and is featured in our exclusive single vineyard Pinot Noir Allocation.
Winemaker Notes
Following the very small 2015 harvest, it was heartening to see the vines recover and bounce back to produce not only extremely high quality fruit but also some bounty in 2016! Harvest was earlier than we expected, and we observed optimum flavor and phenolic development progress as we harvested. Across the board, the flavors and acids were exceptional, and a delicious balance evolved as the harvest proceeded. Acids are firm and pH is slightly lower, so the wines should be well-structured with very good aging potential. This is an exciting vintage with a lot to like! —Brooks Painter, Director of Winemaking
Food Pairing Notes
Pair this elegant yet versatile wine with roast duck, charred cod with mushrooms, or sottocenere Italian truffle cheese.
490 cases made.
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