Dark Horse 2014 Pinot Noir
At Dark Horse Wine, we wholeheartedly believe that fortune favors the bold.
Winemaker Beth Liston marshals the best agricultural and winemaking resources from around the globe to deliver the unexpected: a bold wine that outperforms its price.
Our Pinot Noir is fruit forward with flavors of fresh red cherry and strawberry that are complemented by hints of rose and lavender. The light notes of molasses help lift the fruit and floral character. This Pinot Noir offers a balanced palate with a velvety mouthfeel and a subtle sweetness.
The grapes for this wine were selected from premier California vineyards by our Winemaker Beth Liston. Throughout the 2014 growing season, Beth visited these vineyards daily to determine which blocks would make it to the final blend. In 2014, Beth noted it was a dry and warm year, making canopy management key to allow just the right amount of sunlight on the berries, resulting in an ideal balance of flavor and acidity in the glass.
The grapes for our Pinot Noir were harvested at optimum ripeness, leading to an early extraction of rich color and velvety tannins during fermentation. Beth fermented this wine at warmer temperatures up to 92°F for more intense flavors and fruit-driven aromatics. After fermentation, all lots underwent malolactic fermentation and were aged on oak to add complexity and balance.
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