2013 Pinot Noir 'Oppenlander Vyd', Mendocino (Comptche)
100% Cordon pruned. 20% Whole Cluster fermentation. Fermented in small, open-top vessels. No new oak. 25% 1yr old French oak, 75% Neutral French oak. 2 years aged in barrel. Bottled in 2015.
Clear garnet, with a little bit of brickiness. Dried rose petals, a little mintiness, bright red plum, satsuma plum, a little forest floor earth. On the palate, bright red fruit, cherry, nice acidity, balanced, great mid-palate, medium length. Finish is a little riper with red raspberry and yellow pomegranate. Astringency shows up which gives it a youthful glow. Doesn’t taste like a ‘13. It’s holding up well. No oak perception.
This is a classic pairing for duck with a cherry glaze. The earthiness will go with all sorts of things as well, like brussel sprouts, or a salad nicoise.