2017 Pinot Noir, Laugh
Lush and lovely, this Pinot Noir hails from the Cornerstone Vineyard in Sonoma Valley.
Spicy aromas of raspberry tea backed with red fruit fill the nose. The palate shows more focused red fruit and spice. Cherry flavors carry on into the lively and persistent finish.
The growing season of 2017 is one of the most challenging in recent memory. The year began with early and near record rains, a late summer heat spike lasting several days accelerated fruit ripening without desirable hang time; the vintage concluded with the unprecedented Sonoma fires. Luckily the heat-spike forced an earlier harvest and little fruit was damaged due to fires. The early rainfall helped the vines and soils continue to rebound from years of drought, but it also increased vigor requiring close management on cover crops and canopies year-round. A spring rain cause some vines to be affected, resulting in a decrease in flowering, and later smaller tonnage per acre. Summer was mostly temperate with even weather patterns, but a heat wave in late August and early September caused many vineyards to speed up harvest and again carefully manage canopies and fruit drop. Mid-to-late September cooled, allowing grapes to return to a gradual ripening and flavor development with most vineyards wrapping up harvest in late September or early October.