Ancien Wines

2018 Ancien Haynes Old Block Pinot Noir

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Before the harvest, Ken and Fernando walk the rows together and mark the most flavorful old vines from the original planting.  Only the original and healthiest vines are allowed to be included in this limited pick to produce this very special wine.  After the careful vine-by-vine selection in the field, classic Ancien small lot winemaking is performed using one gravity-filled fermenter, punched down by hand. 61 cases produced. 

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Region

Carneros, Napa Valley, CA

Varietals

Pinot Noir

Floral perfume notes and exotic spice are at the forefront of this elegant old vine wine.  A lovely bouquet of roses and delicate earth intermix with notes of cocoa, berries, sandalwood, and toasted grains to invite your first sip.  The fruit concentrates on the mid-palate, revealing subtle notes of earl grey tea.  The elegant and luxurious character of this wine shines bright with acidity layered into a silky texture. It finishes with a light, understated grip, and expands to embrace every corner of the palate.  Drink now or enjoy increased depth for years to come. 

More about the wine

Ken Bernards returns to the land of his youth, Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Working with fruit grown this far from the winery produces special challenges and requires an extremely high element of trust between the wine maker and the grower. Dick Shea’s farming skills are up to this challenge. This was the last fruit that we harvested. It fermented traditionally in one ton, open top containers using hand punch downs to achieve optimal extraction. Gravity provided movement from reception through pressing with inert gas used from then on. It was aged in François Frères and Remond cooperage for sixteen months and racked once in the springtime. 183 cases produced.

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