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											Sky High Ranch Pinot Noir					 Bottle

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2016
Sky High Ranch Pinot Noir

Mendocino Ridge

A gold-medal winner from the 2018 Mendocino County Wine Competition! Sky High Ranch Pinot Noir is a superbly-crafted wine made from mountaintop vineyards located on Mendocino Ridge, high above Anderson Valley in Mendocino County.

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Double Gold Medal, 2019 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Gold Medal, 2019 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition

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92 Points, California Grapevine

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Gold Medal, 2018 Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition

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Aromas & Flavors

This wine opens with delicious aromas of rose petal, black cherry, red currant and spice, complemented by juicy flavors of wild berry, currant, plum, blueberry, a bit of mocha and warm spice notes. This naturally-balanced wine has a velvety texture and a dazzling complexity that is layered with rich minerals and bright acidity that linger on the finish.

Food Pairings

Sky High Ranch Pinot Noir is a seductive, aromatic wine that pairs well with salmon, duck, pork and meat entrées such as beef bourguignon or rack of lamb. Try pairing this Pinot Noir with cheeses like Brie, Camembert, Gruyère or goat. Chocolate covered strawberries would make a delightful dessert pairing.

How It's Made

The grapes are hand harvested and hand sorted in the field. They are gently destemmed and transferred to small, stainless steel open top tanks or bins. After a three-day cold soak, various yeast strains are introduced. Fermentors are punched down one to three times per day. Wines are pressed when dry and then moved to barrels to complete malolactic fermentation. The blend was assembled in August and bottled in September.

The Vintage

The 2016 growing season started with a warm spring along with some much needed rain. Bloom occurred in late May and we had a very bountiful set. Summer weather was ideal with not a lot of heat spikes. August was very mild and allowed for ideal ripening. September brought some warmer days and pushed the grapes to optimal ripeness, with harvest occurring mid September through October 1.

AppellationMendocino Ridge

GrapePinot Noir

Cooperage53% new French oak, 47% older French oak

ReleaseFall 2017