Austin Hope Pinot Noir 2021
Our first release of the Austin Hope Pinot Noir is inspired by the old world. The elegant soft ruby color brings with aromas of fresh cherry and raspberry. On the palate, the fresh fruit flavors present on the nose blend with earth nuances of mushroom and clove creating a layered profile. The wine finishes with layers of medium bodied tannins and a splash of delightful acid.
Our Pinot Noir was sourced from a historic Monterey County vineyard located near King City. The vineyard is planted on a river bench of rich, loamy soils and cobble stones. The slightly warmer microclimate at this site is unique to Monterey County and produces rich color with traditional Burgundian flavors and balance.
The 2021 growing season was very typical through early spring. Early summer through harvest gave us some unexpected heatwaves but plenty of mild weather in between resulting in a slight delay of harvest but mature fruit and flavors.
After harvest, Pinot Noir was cold soaked then lot was fermented in small open top stainless-steel tanks for 10-14 days. Carefully managed pump overs enhanced the extraction of color and tannin. The wine was aged for 9 months in 100% neutral French and American Oak. The lots were racked only once during its cellar life and 30% new French Oak was added 1 month before blending. The final racking occurring to blend, just prior to filtering and bottling in mid-July of 2022.