Yield: 1.3 tons per acre
Harvest: August 4th-30th
Numbers @ Harvest: 23.4° Brix, 3.50 pH, 7.35 grams acidity
Barrel Regimen: French Burgundy-10% new; aged 13 months in barrel
Bottling: October 2015; no fining or filtration
Release Date: Spring 2017
In the throes of a drought, 2014 gave us a lot of headaches. Only fourteen inches of rain fell during the winter; which is the lowest in my thirty-five years of farming on our mountaintop.
What to do? We decided to cut the crop at pruning to survival mode so yields were down as we expected. Fortunately, concentration was up. This was the first time I have ever done this procedure and I was extremely concerned about the precious long-term health of the vineyards: happily, it was a success.
The 2014 has a density and tannin that is bigger than previous Domaine bottlings. Cranberry, raspberry, pomegranate flavors are strong with a touch of bergamot, bay and mint adding to the mix.
For lovers of classically made Pinot, this is a great addition to your cellar.