Robert Sinskey Vineyards Pinot Noir


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The 2012 vintage created wines that are as close to perfect as the Robert Sinskey team has ever seen. The Robert Sinskey Vineyards Pinot Noir is a translucent, ruby red that triggers symptoms of synesthesia as you think you can almost smell or taste the wine just by looking at its vibrant colour. Aromas and flavours of cranberry and raspberry are followed by a cinnamon spice and a touch of bramble. The wine is vibrant, almost nervy, as the flavours explode across the palate for a nice, long, mouthwatering finish.

Country: North America
Region: California
Subregion: Napa Valley
Vintage: 2012
Colour: Red
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
ABV: 13.8%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Ethereal and perfumed
Organic: Yes (not certified)
Biodynamic: Yes (not certified)
Drink With: Savoury Filo torta with duck, currants and pinenuts

2012 was one of the driest winters on record and was only saved by a “March Miracle” spring rain. When the clouds cleared, the groundwork was laid for near perfect flowering conditions. The exceptional growing season culminated in just about perfect ripening weather for great concentration and flavour development at lower alcohol levels.

Robert Sinskey Vineyards' five different organically farmed vineyards in the Carneros region produced impeccable fruit from both heirloom selections and French clones of Pinot Noir. The well-paced harvest season allowed time to pick each block within each vineyard at the point of optimal flavour development while maintaining bright acidity. Each block of Pinot Noir was harvested at night and brought into the Robert Sinskey cellar at dawn. Destemmed, it either went into small, open top fermenters and was hand punched or it went into stainless steel tanks and was cap irrigated. Most lots fermented on feral yeast. Once each lot of Pinot Noir achieved dryness, it was put to bed in new to three year old French oak barrels and aged in the caves for one year before bottling.

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