2017-C Borne Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, Mendocino County, California (750ml)
A Monthly Wine Club Selection
This is 100% Pinot Noir sourced from Beaujolais Vineyard west of Navarro. The location is in the “deep end” of the Anderson Valley and benefits from its proximity to the Pacific Ocean. The vineyard was planted in the 1970’s and is 100% dry farmed.
The grapes were harvested, 66% de-stemmed and transferred by gravity to open top fermenters. The other 33% was left whole cluster and added to the bottom of the tank. After a 5-day cold soak, the must was fermented with indigenous yeast to promote complexity and terroir. The fermented wine was pressed off slightly before dryness to minimize harsh phenols and retain its core fruit flavors. Malolactic fermentation was completed with indigenous flora, and then the wine was aged for 15 months in 30% New French oak. This wine has a dark red color and the nose is fragrant with loads of red fruit and baking spices. The palate shows flavors of ripe cherries, strawberry preserves and marionberry. It has good texture, savory tannins, fine acidity, and a lingering finish. Jason Enos began discovering the world of fine wines while living in Los Gatos and working in tech. Thanks to his successful 25-year career in Silicon Valley, he was able to purchase a five-acre vineyard estate in Dry Creek Valley in 2004. While his expertise was in the business world, it was the first harvest in 2005 from his Enos estate that inspired him to think more seriously about the wine industry. After getting to know his Healdsburg neighbor, Chris Fitzgerald - who was also successful in tech and had started the Bench wine label - the two new friends founded Brack Mountain Wine Company in 2008. Brack functions as a négotiant of sorts, creating wines under a collection of different labels. Chris's son Daniel, who had been the head winemaker at Pellegrini Family Vineyards, joined the company a year later as the Director of Winemaking. Daniel's experience working in the cellars at Williams Seylem, Robert Sinskey, and Coldstream Hills Winery in Australia's Yarra Valley taught him much about making great wines. We have carried many great Brack Mountain wines over the years, including selections under the Bench, L'Oliveto, Cypress and Daniel labels. Borne is a label started by Daniel for wines sourced exclusively from vineyards in the Anderson Valley of Mendocino County. The name Borne comes from Daniel's years living in Belgium where the mile markers are called "bornes" and 33.89 is the mile marker at the entrance to Anderson Valley.