2004 Meredith Estate Pinot Noir
I’m proud to present this wine from my namesake vineyard – Meredith Estate. My husband, Ken Coopersmith, and I farm this land with dedicated support from our helpers Isaac and Jose Garcia, who approach their work with a craftsman’s eye and a parent’s devotion. Our indispensable amigos for the past four years, they care for the vines daily, fine tuning practices that produce a luscious, ripe crop from my cool hillside vineyard.
For the first time we hand harvested this vineyard at night to protect the grapes’ multi-faceted qualities. This vintage is a blend of clones Dijon 667 and 115, Swan and my own classic UCD 37. At the winery I used Méthode á l’Ancienne – time honored, gentle techniques, including a five-day cold soak and fermentation in small open-top tanks. Aged for ten months in eighty-three percent new French oak, the wine reveals a subtle sweet aroma, evoking an alpine meadow in bloom.
True to form, this Meredith Estate Pinot Noir has a perfumed, floral nose reflecting its cool location. Its flavor profile speaks of dark fruits: plum, black cherry, black raspberry, elderberry and a bright touch of cassis. This remarkably layered wine has a complex personality with a lively, soft entry and a sleek, firm finish. As always, this Meredith Estate has the balance, texture and structure to age well.
“Deeply fruited in its aroma with just the right bit of oak and accents of sweet smoke ... it is filled with fruit that is all Californian.” Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine, June 2007