ElementWinery-2010PinotNoir-012010 Pinot Noir

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir

Production: 219 cases

Viti/Vini: 2010 was a near perfect classic vintage in the Finger Lakes. A wonderful summer and moderate fall gave clean, ripe, and elegant fruit. Hand-harvested and hand-sorted. Fully de-stemmed. Spontaneous ferment, with no additions or additives, and no SO2 until prior to bottling finished. After basket-pressing and a short settling, the wine was aged in neutral 500 liter French oak for 22 months on their lees.

Tasting Note: High-toned with ripe, sun baked cherries and sweet spices (not cherry cola), brambles, forest floor and an herbal note leap from the glass. The palate is no less intense, with a ripe round texture to the fruit and a soft, supple, sexy texture. The wine is beginning to evolve and taking on beautiful secondary notes of truffle and bark, but still stays focussed and fresh on the palate.