2016 Bouchaine Pinot Meunier
The vibrant cherries and strawberries make this medium-bodied, elegant pinot meunier so seductive. There's some nice spiciness in there, too. The finish is long, crisp and very food-friendly. Drink now.
Bouchaine's 100-acre estate vineyard lies on the southern border of Napa Valley's Carneros district, overlooking the San Francisco bay with the financial district in the distance. Fog, wind, and the cold nightime temperatures of this unique geographical area lend a distinctive regional identity to our Pinot Meunier.
2016 delivered an early and exceptional harvest. Rainy, cool weather during bloom naturally reduced our crop level, leaving concentrated clusters. A cool, foggy summer allowed for slow ripening, high acidity, and superb flavor development. With no heat spikes or rush to pick, it was a smooth harvest that delivered top quality fruit.
All fruit is hand harvested at night, preserving berry integrity and cold temperatures. After a 5–7 day cold soak, fruit is natively fermented in open top tanks. The wine is then drawn off, and the must is placed in a basket press for gentle pressing. All wines complete malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels. The Meunier blocks are kept on primary lees until bottling to enhance complexity and allow for the finest expression of Carneros.
We describe this wine as a shapeshifter. Often reminiscent of blueberry pie, it also displays layers of sage, clove, dark chocolate and espresso nibs. The balance of gorgeous briar and cassis flavors with layers of savory notes draws one in and makes this a wine to sip, savor, and ponder.