Super high elevation Pinot Noir from Colorado!
Evening Grace Vineyard sits on top of its own mesa just outside the town of Hotchkiss, CO at about 5,200’. The mesa is composed of alluvial river soils deposited by the ancient river bed that once was atop Grand Mesa. The vineyard was planted in the 1990s by one of the pioneering vignerons of the Northfork Valley, Steve Rhodes. The vineyard is 2.5 acres consisting of 1.25 acres of Pinot Noir, Wadenswil Clone and 1.25 acres of Italian reds consisting of Barbera, Dolcetto and Nebbiolo. The Wadenswil Pinot Noir ripens at about 21-22 brix at this site and will rarely push further. It develops Intense aromatics and after lees aging for 10 months the high acidity has mellowed on the pallet and the result is a light to medium bodied Pinot Noir with fruit that hints on watermelon candy and apple with a
touch of citrus. The nose is elusive and peppery and the aroma follows through to the pallet with an herbal, almost black tea finish and fine tannin.
Harvest: mid-October 21 brix, 3.5pH
Vineyards: Evening Grace
Primary Fermentation: native yeast, 3 days cold soak, 8 day ferment, 20% WC, partial carbonic
Secondary Fermentation: allowed to occur naturally in the summer as the cellar warms, complete
Aging: neutral French barriques and stainless
Sulfur: <30ppm SO2 added at bottling
Production: 555 bottles