Dragonette Cellars Radian Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015 Red Wine

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Dragonette Cellars Radian Vineyard Pinot Noir 2015

Sta. Rita Hills AVA, CA

94 pts. Galloni

This Pinot always sells out quickly at the Dragonette winery. And deservedly so - it is hands-down FANTASTIC! We were just blown away when we tasted it, and HAD to get it for the website! Lucky for us, Steve Dragonette had a few cases left which we grabbed. Now the winery is out of stock. So get yours now, before we also sell out!

THE VINEYARD
Radian vineyard is located at the far western edge of the Sta. Rita Hills on
dramatically steep slopes with large amounts of diatomaceous earth in the soil.
This extreme site is regularly blanketed by fog and buffeted by high winds,
cooling the vineyard and robbing it of moisture. The vines here struggle to set
fruit, and only a tiny crop of small clusters are able to ripen. The resulting wines
are lean and intense, with a fascinating mineral streak and a remarkable depth of
flavor even at low alcohol levels.

THE VINTAGE
2015 was the last year of a record breaking 3-4 year period of extreme drought.
Partially as a result, the vines broke bud in very early March under warm
conditions which lasted into April. However, a very cool and windy May resulted
Partially as a result, the vines broke bud in very early March under warm
conditions which lasted into April. However, a very cool and windy May resulted
in very poor set; with crop levels reduced significantly (although Radian’s very
low yields are typical). What little fruit was on the vine received all the plants’
energy through very warm to hot temperatures in June, July and right up until
harvest, which commenced as early as the very beginning of August. Harvest was
conducted under somewhat rapid (and thus tricky) conditions, but the fruit that
was picked was of truly outstanding quality; with incredible depth and
concentration. The wines will be impressive in their youth but should age
extremely well on the strength of the great underlying material.

OUR WINEMAKING

We schedule all picks for early morning (or night) harvest, and we personally
hand sort clusters in the field. We process the fruit within hours, destemming
whole berry, without crushing. We cold soak the grapes for 4 to 7 days before
permitting fermentation to commence with native yeasts (sometimes assisted with
commercial yeasts) and temperature control. At dryness, free run juice is drained
directly to new and used French oak barrels and the remaining berries gently
pressed separately. The wines are aged on their lees, without racking, before
rigorous selection and blending, then bottling without filtration.

CLONES
114, 115, 667, 777

YIELD (Tons Per Acre)
.85 to 2.86 TPA
(Average 1.54)

HARVEST DATES
August 5 to 31

APPELLATION
Sta. Rita Hills

FERMENTATION
1.4 Ton open top fermenters
Temperature control
94% Destemmed / 6% whole cluster
4-5 day cold soak
Native yeasts

COOPERAGE
100% French Oak (18% new)

AGING
18 months on the lees

BOTTLED
March 1, 2017 (Unfiltered)

ALCOHOL: 13.9%

CASES PRODUCED: 400

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