Although we are devoted to the concept of time and place in our winemaking, sometimes the back story lends a deeper perspective to those elements. On rare occasion, the back story reflects the magic of Pinot, and why we so willingly devote our lives to this grape. American Dreamer is one of those wines.
Each year, this wine, a blend of 8 vineyards and 15 different clones of Pinot Noir is our "tête de cuvée". This wine reveals floral, ripe, packed with fruit and aromatically it’s just beguiling. It will continue to improve over the next 5-7 years.
Only 979 cases made. $38 (club price: $32.30)
Plenty of fruit flavors- especially strawberries and bright cherries, but it also conveys a bit of the wild pennyroyal that grows throughout the vineyard; a savory note that really adds a fascinating dimension to the wine.
These tiny clusters carry tiny berries- so the ratio of skin to juice is heavily weighted to skin, which is where all the flavor, aromas and texture comes from. These clusters are, for a winemaker, “little gifts” from nature, and the kind of thing that gets a winemaker’s pulse racing.