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Aquila Cellars

'A Tale of Two Vignerons' Pinot Noir 2022

$34.00

'A Tale of Two Vignerons' Pinot Noir 2022

Aquila Cellars

'A Tale of Two Vignerons' Pinot Noir 2022

$34.00

West Elks AVA, Colorado

Two of the most talented vignerons of this modern winemaking period, Steve Rhodes and Len Chmiel, planted their vineyards on the precipice of the Western edge of Sunshine Mesa, just outside of Hotchkiss, one site only a couple hundred feet above the other. Steve Rhodes chose to plant 1.5 acres of Wadenswil Pinot Noir, and Len planted a highly diverse 1-acre plot with most of it planted to Pinot Noir with a total of 17 clones. This wine is a blended expression of these sites and a homage to the groundwork of these two pioneer vignerons. 

The wine expresses the delicate dried boysenberry-like fruit and earthy cave-like aromatics from the Wadenswill clone, with Len's more Burgundian-style vineyard coming through the mid palette with subtle notes of savory umami, salted orange peel and cedar, finishing with the bright acid and chalky tannins that have come to characterize North Fork Pinot Noir. 

For best results consider gently decanting, or opening and corking 1 hour before pouring, any time before 2025. 

70% Wadenswil clone, with the remainder made up of 11 other Pinot clones. 100% whole cluster, foot treaded, spontaneous fermentation, aged 11 months sur lie on neutral French oak and stainless steel. 

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