2021 Harvest Cru White Pinot Noir
Notes of lemon curd, baked apple skins, and honeydew melon mingle with vanilla bean, brown spices, and dried honey notes from barrel fermentation and aging.
About Harvest Crew
The Harvest Cru – “Cru” a play on words for Crew – represents a special lot of grapes that our 2021 Harvest interns lovingly vinted from start to finish.
The Harvest Cru is a bit like a senior project where the entire harvest team is given a block of grapes from a designated vineyard and allowed to make all the decisions under the guidance of our winemakers. In 2021, that vineyard block came from a prized Elk Cove vineyard and produced a lovely twist on the Pinot Noir grape - A White Pinot Noir.
The 2021 vintage was an exceptional year. The timing of weather events was key to our success in 2021. We experienced a bit of rainfall during bloom which helped to lower yields by producing some hens and chicks (variable-sized berries). Then a historic heat event happened during late-June which brought worrisome temperatures at a time that luckily did not result in any damage to our grape crop. Growth resumed normally once temperatures cooled with average heat from July through September bringing even ripening to the plentiful small, loose clusters. For Pinot Noirs, expect intense color and flavors bursting out of the glass, while white wines and rosés are fruit-forward with great acidity and balance.