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2005 - Elke Pinot Noir Donnelly Vineyard Anderson Valley

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    750 mL
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    United States
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library code: 30154


"Anderson Valley experienced a mild spring, but then the summer was unusually warm and harvest was quite early. However, the season overall produced grapes with fully developed flavors and excellent structure. The unexpected variations from vintage to vintage due to weather, temperature and the whim of the gods are what make Elke Pinot Noir lively and intriguing. Elke's winemaking goals require a variety of techniques in the winery. On the crush pad, the grapes were completely destemmed, and then gently pumped to small open fermenters and one tank. The must was inoculated with a Burgundy yeast. For this vintage, they maintained separate lots of three clones. Eleven months in barrel with one racking, a "wild" malo-lactic fermentation and, finally, bottling without fining or filtration yielded a very natural wine with minimal handling and maximum expression of the location. This wine shows depth and complexity with slightly more forward fruit than in previous vintages, with a bit more grip and tannin. It holds the promise of very great things in 3-5 years of bottle ageing. Medium body, a lengthy, velvety finish." -Winery