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2019 Baileyana Firepeak Pinot Noir

 / 750ml
Tasting notes
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Vintage outlook

Exemplifying the vivid excellence of the Edna Valley region, this Pinot Noir exudes expressive dark fruit notes, currants and blueberries, along with a hint of vanilla and cherry cola. The wine has a brilliant acidity that is balanced by fleshy notes of ripe cherry and brown sugar, along with soft, supple tannins that lead to a long, memorable finish.

92pts, Wine Enthusiast: “Dark strawberry, sagebrush and turned soil aromas show on the nose of this always reliable bottling. There’s firm structure on the tip of the sip, and that tension extends through the riper black and red cherry flavors, with light herbs showing toward the finish.” – Matt Kettmann, Nov 2021

APPELLATION:

Edna Valley

VINEYARD SOURCE:

Davenport Creek Vineyards

VINEYARD CERTIFICATION:

SIP Certified Sustainable

CLONES:

115, 667, 943, 777, Swan

SOILS:

Diablo series, clay loam, rocky marine sediment, volcanic remnants

HARVEST DATES:

September 20, 2019 to September 28, 2019

FERMENTATION:

Fermented open top for 12 days at 78˚F

BARREL REGIME:

Aged in 35% new French oak barrels for 9 months

ALCOHOL:

13.5%

TA:

5.8 g/l

PH:

3.53

BOTTLING DATE:

May 20, 2020

CASES PRODUCED:

687

The 2019 growing season featured a mild summer which allowed the grapes to ripen slowly. Heat waves and rainspells were limited, and the harvest was slow and cool. As a result, this vintage shows exceptional quality, elegance and the racy trademark acidity the Edna Valley is known for.

Tasting Notes

Exemplifying the vivid excellence of the Edna Valley region, this Pinot Noir exudes expressive dark fruit notes, currants and blueberries, along with a hint of vanilla and cherry cola. The wine has a brilliant acidity that is balanced by fleshy notes of ripe cherry and brown sugar, along with soft, supple tannins that lead to a long, memorable finish.

92pts, Wine Enthusiast: “Dark strawberry, sagebrush and turned soil aromas show on the nose of this always reliable bottling. There’s firm structure on the tip of the sip, and that tension extends through the riper black and red cherry flavors, with light herbs showing toward the finish.” – Matt Kettmann, Nov 2021

Specs

APPELLATION:

Edna Valley

VINEYARD SOURCE:

Davenport Creek Vineyards

VINEYARD CERTIFICATION:

SIP Certified Sustainable

CLONES:

115, 667, 943, 777, Swan

SOILS:

Diablo series, clay loam, rocky marine sediment, volcanic remnants

HARVEST DATES:

September 20, 2019 to September 28, 2019

FERMENTATION:

Fermented open top for 12 days at 78˚F

BARREL REGIME:

Aged in 35% new French oak barrels for 9 months

ALCOHOL:

13.5%

TA:

5.8 g/l

PH:

3.53

BOTTLING DATE:

May 20, 2020

CASES PRODUCED:

687

Vintage Outlook

The 2019 growing season featured a mild summer which allowed the grapes to ripen slowly. Heat waves and rainspells were limited, and the harvest was slow and cool. As a result, this vintage shows exceptional quality, elegance and the racy trademark acidity the Edna Valley is known for.

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