Wyncroft 2015 Pinot Noir, La Esperanza Vineyard, Fennville
Item Number: 10956
Sub Region: Fennville
Vineyard Designation: La Esperanza
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.6
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Stony loam clay
2015 Vintage Notes: 2015 was the second "Polar Vortex" vintage where winter temperatures in January and February dipped down to minus 15 degrees. The La Esperanza Vineyard is located in Glenn, just south of Saugatuck in the Fennville AVA, and a mere two miles from Lake Michigan. This proximity to the Lake protected the hardy Pinot Noir vines and allowed for a small harvest of ripe grapes after a near perfect growing season. The stony loam clay soils of La Esperanza produce a very elegant and charming style of Pinot Noir that is reminiscent of Volnay.
Winemaking Notes: The grapes were destemmed, lightly crushed and given a three-day cold maceration to stabilize color and increase aromatics. The vat was then inoculated with RC212 Burgundy yeast for structure and 71B yeast to bring out rich fruit while reducing malic acid content. The fermentation was long and cool, never rising above 75 degrees, which allowed only the softer tannins to be extracted from the skins, in keeping with the elegant style this vineyard naturally produces.
Tasting Notes: The nose is full of red pie cherry, red currant and pomegranate with an overlay of tea and spices. The palate mimics the nose with a silky middle, then crescendos into the finish with the tannins still giving a warm grip. Wyncroft La Esperanza Pinot is beginning to drink well and will hold and improve over the next five years. Pair this Pinot with grilled duck breast, roasted root vegetables, lentil dishes, and anything with savory mushrooms in it. Try it with Thanksgiving turkey dark meat.
Winemaker Comments: "Southwest Michigan Pinot Noir is much more Burgundian than almost any West Coast Pinot Noir. I am from Washington State, and after making Michigan’s first red Pinot Noir in 1983, I decided to stay in Michigan and pursue making excellent Pinot Noir. People are often surprised when they taste Wyncroft Pinot Noir. While this is flattering, credit really belongs to our glacial moraine soils, our latitude, and our proximity to Lake Michigan. Pinot is notoriously finicky, but Southwest Michigan possesses the combination of factors that suit it well." - Jim Lester