Sky High Ranch Pinot Noir
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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GOLD Medal, Mendocino County Fair
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.
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 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.
This tasty meal can be made with store bought pasta sheets or with your favorite homemade pasta recipe. Replace the chicken stock with vegetable broth for a delightful vegetarian option.
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