Benefitting from the long, cool season, this Pinot Noir is intensely flavored, with exotic flavors of black cherry, pomegranate and raspberries. Deep earth and herbal undertones punctuate on the palate. With notable power and depth on a firm acid backbone, the 2006 Suacci Vineyard Pinot Noir is an outstanding food wine.
The 2006 vintage began slowly, with cooler-than-normal temperatures. Rising summer temperatures culminated with a July heat spike that balanced the season’s earlier, cool temperatures. Mild weather as harvest time approached allowed fruit an extended hang time on the vine, encouraging full flavor development and rich color concentration. Scattered rain showers kept growers and vineyard crews on their toes and mandated strict hand sorting before the grapes were sent off to the destemmer. Slightly lower alcohol levels and focused flavors were the hallmarks of the vintage.
93 Points —Wine Enthusiast