Whew! It was quite a year, 2014. Now, we are on to a fresh start and a fresh release with our 2012 Pinot noir.
The 2012 vintage was a sneaky one. Looking back at my harvest notes, the brix crept up, then rose like a rocket off the launch pad meaning that just two days gave us another 2 degrees more sugar! I wanted to let the native yeast present on the grapes do the work of alcoholic fermentation, but with high sugars that proved to be a challenge. I prevailed with the assistance of Eyrie crewmembers, Martin and Julio.
One of the greatest gifts to me as a winemaker has been the Eyrie family. As I take these first steps, they have been there to be my sounding board, to help me make each vintage a learning opportunity, and sometimes, to get in up to their armpits in must. The 2012 Pinot noir would not have the complexity and delicacy I look for in my wines without their efforts.
I would love to share this wine with you. Please get in touch with one of our fine retailers, or with me directly, so we can make sure you don’t miss out on our fabulous second vintage.