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2019 Monument Tree Pinot Noir

Frankly, the 2019 Monument Tree takes the cake. One look at its pale color in the glass suggests it will be a light, and perhaps simple, wine. But at first whiff the aromas of perfume, tangerine, currant, raspberries—all backdropped by vanilla and tobacco—are both surprising and alluring. The intensity of the palate is what is really surprising about this Pinot Noir. It’s incredibly concentrated: both velvety and, well… intense. With each sip, it’s hard to describe how many flavors come to mind.
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Tasting Notes

Frankly, the 2019 Monument Tree takes the cake. One look at its pale color in the glass suggests it will be a light, and perhaps simple, wine. But at first whiff the aromas of perfume, tangerine, currant, raspberries—all backdropped by vanilla and tobacco—are both surprising and alluring. The intensity of the palate is what is really surprising about this Pinot Noir. It’s incredibly concentrated: both velvety and, well… intense. With each sip, it’s hard to describe how many flavors come to mind.

Vineyard Designation

Monument Tree

Vineyard Notes

2019 was fashionably late to the party. We had late rain in the Spring which saturated the soils and slowed bud-break. Vigorous shoot growth early in the Summer initially suggested we would get back on schedule, but we settled in for a long cool summer. These late vintages make winemakers very nervous because rain can loom in late October. The Fall stayed remarkably dry, however, and all the grapes were picked and even fermented before the first storms. 2019 saw some of the longest hang-times I can remember. That extra time on the vine helped develop grapes bursting with flavor and translated to juicy, fruit-forward Cabernet Sauvignon.

Production Notes

The grapes were harvested early in the morning, then brought to the winery and hand-sorted. They were destemmed into half ton fermenters and allowed to cold soak for a week, punched down twice a day during that period. Once inoculated, punch downs continued until the wine was pressed a few days before fermentation completed. Once primary fermentation ended, the Pinot was transferred to barrel and stirred once a month until malolactic fermentation was complete. The wine did not need any fining and was bottled.

Pairings

A juicy leg of lamb is a natural pairing with the ’19 Monument Tree, as are a succulent and slightly gamey duck breast and, of course, anything that incorporates wild mushrooms.
Vintage 2019
Wine Style Red Wine
Varietal Pinot Noir
Varietal Composition 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation Anderson Valley
Barrel Aging 16 Months 66% new French oak 34% Neutral
Alcohol % 14.1
Size 750 ml