2018 Bouchaine Las Brisas Pinot Blanc
Each year we purchase a scant 1 acre block of Pinot Blanc from the Las Brisas Vineyard located in the Sonoma portion of Carneros (Carneros straddles both Napa and Sonoma). Much like our Estate vineyard, the Las Brisas vineyard is situated adjacent to the San Pablo Bay which directs the cooling fog and bay breezes into the vineyard. This cool site allows for slow even ripening and brings beautiful acidity and vibrant aromatics to the Pinot Blanc.
2018 delivered a late but incredible harvest. Beautiful weather during bloom allowed for a bounty of exceptional fruit. A cool, foggy summer with no heat events ensured slow even ripening, vibrant acidity and superb flavor development.
The Las Brisas Vineyard Pinot Blanc is harvested at night time when the air is cool to preserve aromatics. The fruit is whole cluster pressed and fermented in neutral oak barrels. The barrels are stirred monthly to incorporate the lees and add depth and complexity.
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