Our 2015 Lancel Creek Pinot Noir has aromas of light cherry, deep spice, pomegranate, plum and toasted oak. Long, smooth tannins and bright acid combine with deep flavors of baked boysenberry and blackberry, black currant, cola and black cherry. The abundance of spicy structure, smooth tannins, and great acid make for a beautiful combination with the brambly dark fruit. This wine is showing so well right now. We recommend drinking it anytime in the next five years.
Our 2017 Rosé of Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley came from a Sagnee of ripe Pinot Noir. This ancient French method for dealing with high brix fruit always meant there would be a little Rosé around the house for family dinners. Our Sagnee, or “bleed” came from a friends lot of Pinot that was very ripe. There was enough to make 56 cases, so instead of drinking it around the house, we put a label on it this time!
It’s a robust and fruity version of Rosé, with more than enough body to pair with foods. We find fresh and ample flavors of ripe cherry, strawberry, rose hip and touch of tropical fruit. It has some of the most beautiful color you’ll ever see in a Rosé – we can’t get enough of just looking at it. Drink this Rosé nice and cold in the next few months. We’ll make more next year!
2017 Bannister Rosé of Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley
The 2015 growing season created the opportunity to achieve rich tannins and bold acidity in our Pinot Noirs. It was a very small crop with thick skins and small berries. Our ‘15 Pinot Noirs have beautiful color and surprisingly large body for Pinots – yet the tannins are wonderfully smooth. It should be a celebrated vintage for its uniqueness and fantastic wines.
Flavors of ripe bing cherry, baked raspberry, and subtle tropical notes. Coupled with the classic spicy notes – cardamon, nutmeg, and allspice – that come from good Green Valley sites. The big, smooth tannins and full acidity carry this Pinot Noir through from start to finish. It should drink beautifully for the next 5 -7 years.