St. Francis Winery & Vineyards source their Pinot Noir fruit from the cooler areas of Sonoma County where fog from the Pacific Ocean rolls in at night during the summer, dropping temperatures substantially. This natural air-conditioning allows the grapes to develop deep flavors while retaining natural acidity. To capture the distinct varietal characteristics of each vineyard, the lots are fermented separately starting with a five to ten day cold soak to extract optimal color and flavor. After a long, slow fermentation the wine is racked off into French Oak barrels, 25% new, where it undergoes natural malolactic fermentation followed by aging for ten months before blending and bottling.
This is a juicy, medium-bodied Pinot Noir with hints of cherry cola, raspberry and clove aromas followed by bright, crisp flavors of pomegranate, Queen Anne cherry and a touch of licorice.
Pairs well with salmon, roast chicken, grilled vegetables and light pasta dishes.