2016 
											Eldorado Noir					 Bottle

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2016
Eldorado Noir

Russian River Valley

Skip dessert and opt for our Eldorado Noir dessert wine instead, made from Black Muscat grapes that are known for their inherent sweetness.

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01/01/2017 - See Review


Aromas & Flavors

This velvety wine has a beautiful dark, purple color with lush aromas of rose petals, dried fig, fresh raspberries and warm spice leading to a wine that bursts with luscious black cherry compote and caramelized blueberry pie on the palate.

Food Pairings

The Eldorado Noir is exceptional paired with rich, decadent chocolate desserts, as well as vanilla bean ice cream or bread pudding with plum or persimmons. Fruit-based tarts, shortcakes, fruitcakes, pumpkin pie, pecan pie or baked apples also pair nicely with the Eldorado Noir.

How It's Made

The grapes from our Russian River Valley vineyard were sorted and destemmed to a stainless steel tank for three days of cold soaking. Following the cold soak, yeast was added and pump overs commenced one to two times daily for the duration of primary fermentation. Once fermentation was complete, the wine was drained and pressed to neutral barrels for malolactic fermentation and five months of cave aging before bottling in April 2017.

The Vintage

After a very early and low yielding 2015 harvest, the 2016 vintage began closer to an average start date, with vines producing good yields, even with another year of drought conditions in Sonoma County. The vineyards performed well with considerable amounts of rainfall during late winter and early spring, combined with overall mild and warmer spring conditions. Although there were many mornings of heavy fog in late August, most of the summer and early fall were consistently sunny, warm and dry. The growing season was ideal for quality wine grape farming and harvesting at optimal ripeness.

AppellationRussian River Valley

GrapeBlack Muscat

Cooperage100% older oak barrels

ReleaseApril 2017