Our 2020 Pinot Noir -one of three from this vintage- is the
epitome of strength and grace combined. It is an elegant
dancer, silky smooth yet robust and vigorous. Aromas of
dark berries and luscious, velvety umami notes enrapture the
nose. A sip envelops the palate with richness reminiscent of
filet mignon bursting with black cherries and blackberries
which add a bright spark. The finish is gratifyingly lush and
lingering with a light but enduring grip of tannin. I’m head
over heels in love with this wine!

Growing Conditions

2020 was a vintage of idyllic growing conditions, especially in
northeast USA terms. We could hardly ask for better
growing conditions or a more forgiving and timely harvest.
We experienced all the heat we could desire in timely doses.
Not overbearing, just continuous and moderate. There was a
welcome level of comfort having the fruit basking post leaf
removal without the worry of burn. In addition, 2020 offered
just the right amount of moisture stress (read lack of rain) to
keep the fruit slightly dehydrated and the consequent flavor
development of the skins and pulp lent a complexity to the
juices that are playing out in the wines. Wines that people
will be savoring both as a panacea to the angst that 2020
brings to the mind as well as feeding the palate the everpresent desire for excitement. A winemaker's dream. Expect
to see wines of extremely high quality from this vintage, both
reds and whites (and sparkling!!). Phil and Lauren have
nursed these wines to speak well of the year that many will
want to forget. A conundrum. Nature has prevailed, as she
always will, over the whims of man.


Bottling Date: 7/27/2021


Aged for 8 months in neutral French oak.