Echelon Pinot Noir
Aromas of dark fruits and raspberry flavor abound in this California Pinot Noir - blending the best of California's Central Valley and Central Coast appellations. The Central Valley grown grapes benefit from cool breezes that consistently blow in off of the Sacramento River Delta. Bright, red fruit flavors like raspberry are typical of grapes sourced from Arroyo Seco in the marine-influenced Central Coast growing area.
To protect this fickle, thin-skinned grape, the vines were trained to form a Geneva Double Curtain providing their own natural shade during the warm summer months. The 2010 harvest was exceptional with cooler than average temperatures throughout the extended growing season. Harvest took place an average of three weeks later than normal giving the grapes the opportunity to ripen slowly enhancing flavor development.