2019 Banshee Pinot Noir, Sonoma County
90 Point - Wine.com
The 2019 Banshee Sonoma County Pinot Noir is an exciting, yet friendly wine, bursting at the seams with aromas of macerated tart cherries, pomegranate and notes of earth of pine. The flavors combine both sweet and tart with a fruit driven front palate and very subtle oak influence.
Handpicked and destemmed, fruit was fermented in small, stainless steel fermenters at cool temperatures for an average of 21 days. Aged for 9 months in 25% new French oak–Cavin, Rousseau, Remond, Dargaud, Francois Freres & Jaegle barrels
100% Pinot Noir
The 2019 growing season started cooler than average. As the growing season developed, the temperatures stayed moderate, causing a longer growing season. Despite a longer than normal bloom period, there was great set on the Sonoma County Pinot Noir. With moderate summer temperatures and few heat spikes, the growing season was long and perfect for the grapes. The cooler temperatures in the mornings and evenings allowed the fruit to maintain its acidity and develop intense, concentrated flavors. 2019 was a great growing season, with great yields, flavors and structure.
Our vineyard selection for the Sonoma County Pinot has continued to improve over the years. We source from select vineyards including parts of our Single Vineyard program, and the final blend includes 10 different clonal selections. This is the most important wine in the Banshee lineup, and we treat it as such.