Avni Pinot Noir 2017 reflects the greater impact of our own Lingua Franca Estate fruit in the wine. The resulting aromas are beautiful expressions of smoke, wet stone, rose petal, black plum, red cherry and savory elements. It has a remarkable structure and is also layered with seductive fruit. The majority of the fruit for this vintage comes from the Lingua Franca Estate, from various blocks of Dijon Clones and Pommard. The remainder is comprised of fruit from selected vineyards nearby in the Eola-Amity Hills that have similar terroirs and flavors.
This year, Avni Pinot Noir is fermented with around 25% whole cluster fruit. The grapes are fed bin by bin, not pumped, into small format stainless steel fermenting tanks between 2- and 5-tons capacity. Fermentation begins with gentle pump overs and may include one or two punch downs toward the end of the cuvasion. Pigeage is done traditionally by foot. After fermentation, the wines age in a combination of 22% new and 80% old French oak barriques for 12 months and four in tank prior to bottling.
After late spring rains, the weather was warm and dry, but not too hot. This set the stage for wines of balance, with a complex structure and vivid fruit.
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