2021 Ananda Pinot Noir

Being a bottling that pulls from what the winemaker sees as the best barrels of any given vintage, along with a couple barrels that are processed in a slightly different style than the rest of our wines, Ananda is typically made up of Split Rail and 1-2 other lower-elevation Corralitos vineyards, but the lineup changes year-to-year.  In 2021 we used Split Rail Vineyard and Hand in Hand Vineyard for the Ananda blend.

Winemaker Notes
The 2021 version of our signature wine is rich and decadent in style when compared to past vintages.  Fruit aromas are in the realm of Santa Rosa plum, bing cherry and hints of hibiscus tea.  At this young age, there are still some toasty undertones from the (minimal) new oak used.  The palate is deep and fruit-driven, with some nice pinosity (pinot's unique pheromone ;) ) and savory elements.  There's a good balance of red fruit and some darker fruit on the palate, with plenty of structural tannin and acidity.  The tannins were surpisingly resolved already when opened and immediately re-corked 24 hours before drinking, which shows a bit of the wine's aging potential.  Velvety edges.  Non-aggressive.  Drink now through 2030.

Geek Stuff
Rosé was first direct-pressed from 1 bin of Pinot Noir.  That was fermented separately for our rosé program.  The skins and stems from the press were then loaded into a red wine fermentor, where the rest of the grapes were destemmed on top of it for fermentation with extra skins & stems.  This is 3 barrels of the lot. 2 barrels from Hand in Hand vineyard were later selected for addition.

  • Clones are Calera, Martini, 2A, Mt Eden and Pommard.
  • Aged 18 months sur lie in French oak barrels, 20% new.
  • Coopers are Montgillard, Billon and Ermitage.
  • Harvested at 23 - 23.5 degrees brix.
  • 14 days total cuvaison on the skins.
  • Yeasts are native, AMH and BRG.
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Pinot Noir
Santa Cruz Mountains
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