2014 TREEHOUSE PINOT NOIR
After a show-stopping 2013 vintage, the 2014 growing season provided a resounding encore. A mild winter signaled an early bud break in March, followed by a dry, warm spring with near instantaneous flowering. Then, mother nature decided to give us a scare with a few days of wet weather and a cold snap but we were quickly relieved when warmer temperatures returned in time for fruit set. Veraison quickly followed, aided by warm days and consistent temperatures. With few heat spikes, we happily welcomed an even, well-developed crop full of consistency and quality.
The rain received earlier in the season, came at exactly the right time, blessing the grapes with enough nourishment to produce a healthy crop full of rich flavor. In order to survive one of the driest growing seasons, our crews relied on meticulous pruning and smart farming choices. In short, we’ve worked hard to limit the effect of the water restrictions brought on by year three of the California drought. To foster an even and balanced crop, we limited yields to one cluster per shoot in many of the blocks; our goal being to afford certain clones exactly the resources they needed. Harvest pace was brisk. We picked in multiple passes in the wee hours to keep lots cool, distinct and showing the best of this special site.
Aromatics: Red raspberry. Cranberry. Cherries and ripe rhubarb. Spice and anise, savory oak and wild herbs.
Flavors: Ripe dark plum and blackberry fill the palate. Intense and pretty at the same time. Strong finish with hints of black licorice and deep dark fruit that goes on and on.
Mouthfeel: Juicy natural acidity. Fine yet grippy tannins fill the palate and give breadth and weight to a luxurious texture. Makes you take notice.
”Then, mother nature decided to give us a scare with a few days of wet weather and a cold snap but we were quickly relieved when warmer temperatures returned in time for fruit set.”
WHY WE HOLD OUR WINES BACK
Our plan was always to release the wines once they had time to develop. We’ve always believed that a little extra time in our cellar makes the experience a little better in yours. While these wines are enjoyable now, they will certainly benefit from age and cellar gracefully over the coming years. If possible, we recommend decanting before enjoying.
Harvest Dates: 9/2/14 till 9/6/14
Clones: 23, 37, Calera, Pommard, Swan
Alcohol: 14.0% pH: 3.57 Acidity: 6.0
Production: 1158 c/s Yield per acre: 2.0 tons