2014’s Head High Pinot Noir ripened evenly while maintaining fruit quality, bringing intense fruit flavor, exceptional quality and a diverse flavor profile.
Head High Pinot Noir 2014
The 2014 Harvest brought about moderate temperatures and minimal rainfall, creating optimal conditions for the Head High Pinot Noir to ripen uniformly while preserving the fruit’s quality. Despite an early bud break due to a mild winter and spring, the growing season’s length remained consistent with previous years. This allowed the fruit to achieve full ripeness, resulting in heightened fruit flavors. With light to moderate yields, the 2014 vintage showcased exceptional quality and rapid sugar accumulation, contributing to a diverse flavor profile.
Unusually dry conditions characterized the 2014 winter and spring, but timely rains were beneficial for the vines, especially after an early bud break. The temperate and dry weather continued to support growth throughout the season. An outstanding summer set the stage for perfect harvest conditions, bringing forth the nuances of the vineyard sites and enhancing complexity, aromatics, and deep flavors. Harvesting during the cool hours of evenings or early mornings, the grapes underwent destemming and a four-day cold maceration at the winery before inoculation with select yeasts. Smooth fermentation ensued, resulting in a wine with rich color, plush fruit expression, and supported by elegant tannins. Collaborating closely with dedicated growers, the winemakers sought to capture the essence of Sonoma Pinot Noir’s perspective and scope, blending individual lots to showcase the true breadth of this varietal. Aged for 10 months in barrels, with 25% new French oak, the 2014 Head High Pinot Noir is a delightful, fresh, and richly textured wine.
This well-balanced Pinot Noir offers a delectable experience, delicately playing on the palate. Its hauntingly tart red fruit aromas and flavors maintain purity and freshness from start to finish. An excellent pairing choice is with grilled crispy-skinned bone-in duck thigh.