2016 Spell Nichole’s Blend Sonoma County Pinot Noir

by Spell Estate Wines, Tastemakers in Residence

The fruit for the 2016 Nichole’s Blend Pinot Noir comes from the Sangiacomo and Desmond
Vineyard as well as declassified barrels of our Vineyard Designated wines. From as far south as the Petaluma Gap, where the cold maritime breezes help to produce wines of excellent purity and elegance; to the East on top of Sonoma Mountain, with its volcanic soils which produces
wines with structure and savoriness; to the far western edge of the Russian River Valley, which produces wines with richness and ripe dark fruit flavors. The resulting wine is an excellent example of the harmony between these distinctive regions within Sonoma County.

A deep inky blue-red color introduces this gorgeous wine. After a light swirl a mélange of ripe raspberry, Marionberry, streusel, sassafras, cedar, tobacco, and fresh cracked black pepper fill the bowl.  The potpourri of aromas is matched on the palate. Decorated with suave tannins and bright acidy sappy red fruit and sassafras are tied together with goji berry and notes of blood orange.  Lingering flavors of ripe raspberry and mocha bring closure to an extremely pleasing wine.  Drink now, or over the next 5 to 7 years.   

Harvest Dates: 9/7/2016 through 9/16/2016
Vineyards: Sangiacomo, Desmond, Terra de Promissio, Umino, Weir
Barrel Breakdown: 40% new oak, 30% twice used and 30% older.  100% French oak.
Bottled: August 22, 2017
Cases Produced: 388