Limestone for Dayzzzzz
Located in the Chalone AVA, there is limestone, granite, and a little more limestone. And that is what makes this Pinot Noir deliciously minerally in the best of ways.
2014 ENFIELD WINE CO. ANTLE PINOT NOIR
Vintage: 2014 | Varietal: Pinot Noir | Appellation: Chalone | Production: 4 Puncheon Barrels Produced | Acidity: 0.57 mg / 100ml | pH: 3.54 | Aging: Drink 2016 -2021 | Fermentation: 66% Whole Cluster | Alcohol: 13%
Black raspberry, red apple skin, rose petal, mint, crunch, crunch, crunch
Powerfully aromatic, with all the soft fruit you expect from a Pinot, but with a nose and mouth tingling mineral backbone that can only come from limestone. Our block at Antle has the chunkiest limestone soil we have seen Pinot Noir vines planted in California, and is a challenge to anyone skeptical about minerality in wine.
Winemaking: 1/3 of the lot was de-stemmed and combined with the remaining 2/3 whole clusters in an open top fermenter where the grapes were gently foot tread or punched down 1-2 times a day during a native yeast fermentation. The wine was aged for 12 months in 10-year-old 350L “Hogshead” puncheons. No SO2 was added to the wine until bottling.