Big Basin Vineyards 2016 Pinot Noir Lester Family Vineyard, Santa Cruz Mountains
2016 was a beautiful vintage - good yields, a moderate growing season and decent weather through harvest - that allowed the grower to nail the pick dates perfectly and make wines with minimal intervention. In fact, the winemaker was able to ferment the 2016 Lester Pinot with 100% whole clusters and absolutely nothing else added, with the exception of minimal SO2 after the completion of malolactic fermentation. The use of whole clusters amplifies aromatic complexity and adds a layer of texture. The aromatics are lifted and expressive while the wine has an underlying structure that will gain body over the potentially long life of this wine.