2015 Banshee Rickshaw Pinot NoirPinot Noir from United States
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This vintage marks the end of the drought year vintages in NorthernCalifornia, which ended emphatically in the winter of 2016-2017. Onceagain, we saw extremely early bud break...
This vintage marks the end of the drought year vintages in NorthernCalifornia, which ended emphatically in the winter of 2016-2017. Onceagain, we saw extremely early bud break, flowering, and harvest for PinotNoir that was mostly complete before September.These drought yearshave produced wines with excellent consistency,little disease pressureinthe vineyards, andexceptional depth and intensity. Our vineyard selection for the Sonoma County Pinot has continued toimprove over the years. Wesource from 18 different vineyards includingparts of our Single Vineyard program,and thefinal blendincludes 10different clonal selections.This is the most important wine in the Bansheelineup, and we treat it as such.The wine is fermented in small, stainlesssteel vessels, and as always, raised in 100% high-end French Oak. The 2016 edition isan exciting, yet friendly wine, bursting atthe seamswith aromas of macerated wild berries and an elegant, soft earthundertone. The flavorscombine both sweet and tart,reminiscent ofSantaRosa plums andwild blackberries that grow so commonly in Sonoma WineCountry. The finish is bright, slightlyherbal, and savory making thisanexcellent food wine, as well as a charming drinking experience by itself.