The Leo Pinot Noir- named after Jeff & Ingrid's son, Leo Benjamin, who was born in 2010- displays aromas of rich bright cherry with earth, spice, violet and sweet wood. Flavors of black cherry, vanilla and carmelized wood shine through on the palate. Perfect for summer grilling!
Double Gold Medal- 2013 American Wine Society Competition, Gold Medal- 2013 San Diego International Wine Competition, Silver Medal- 2013 Los Angeles International Wine Competition, Silver Medal- 2013 Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition, Silver Medal- 2013 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition, Silver Medal- 2013 Indy International Wine Competition, Silver Medal- 2013 International Women's Wine Competition, Bronze Medal- 2013 California State Fair Wine Competition
Cummings Vineyard, Sonoma Coast, just west of the city of Santa Rosa and Archer Vineyard, Sonoma Coast/Russian River, just west of the city of Windsor.
The 2010 growing season was long and cool in California, however, there was a heat spell toward the end of the pinot vintage, causing over-ripening on grapes that had their shade leaves pulled in order to let in the much needed sunshine. Those vines that had not yet been picked and still had their fruit protected by the leaves fared significantly better and produced some beautiful and elegant wines, as is the case with this Leo pinot. The grapes were harvested from vineyards in the heart of the Sonoma Coast, near the Russian River. After night picking, they were hand-sorted into open top fermenters, fermented dry and allowed to finish Malo-lactic in barrel. The wine was aged in 30% new French oak for nine months, then bottled unfined/unfiltered.
The hue of our 2010 pinot is an alluring deep garnet with hints of blue. The nose reveals rich, bright cherry fruit backed up by impressions of earth, spice, violet and sweet wood. This wine is medium-bodied with a touch of richness and viscosity, put into balance by the present, but integrated, tannins. Flavors of black cherry, vanilla and caramelized wood shine through on the palate.
Food Pairing Notes
Pair this delicious Pinot with some spicy shrimp linguine, grilled pork tenderloin or vegetable lasagna.
124 cases produced