2015 Deviate Pinot Noir
Aged 15 months in French oak (55% new barrels)
Open top fermentation, cold soak, punch down
Deviate is always a bold wine, made it even more dense and rich by the low-yielding 2015 harvest. At the same time, the wine remains pretty with its leading aromas of blackberry blossoms and violets. The rich, absorbing aromas continue with loads of blueberry and red currant fruit. The entry is exceptionally luxurious, enveloping your tongue with black raspberry jam fringed by earthy notes of tobacco, cedar and black tea. The finish is long and lingering with dark berries accented by floral flourishes.
95: PinotFile 92: Burghound 92: Planet Grape 92: Wine Enthusiast 91: Connoisseurs Guide
In 2013, we made one deviation from our usual focus on single vineyard bottlings, to craft Deviate, our stellar blend from two far flung Sonoma Coast Vineyards. Along with this being a deviation from our usual course, this was our 8th designated vineyard pinot bottling with the winery code name of DV8, so Deviate seemed the perfect name. The wine proved to be so popular that the tradition continues. Steve planted Jentoft Vineyard in Green Valley to Calera clone in 2003, and the site produces structured, spicy, dark wines. Putnam Vineyard is near Annapolis, on the far Sonoma Coast. It’s an area defined by cooler days, warmer nights, and very high sun intensity; which produces a wine with unctuous fruit depth and rugged tannins. The juicy, berry fruit from Putnam blends beautifully with the concentrated focus of Jentoft. The light soil hillside of Jentoft ripens fairly quickly, while the burly far coast takes a bit longer,. Together they offer us a very limited production wine that’s quickly become a favorite with our best wine club friends.
After hand sorting and destemming each block into small open top fermenters, the must is cold-soaked for 5 days in order to gently extract color, spice and fruit characters, while mitigating harsher tannins. The lots are punched down between 1 and 3 times per day depending on the stage of fermentation, and character of the lot. With this wine, we chose barrels to accentuate the roundness and spice of the wine. Instead of choosing one signature barrel, we spread out to three of our favorite barrels with big personality. The Seguin Moreau Icone barrel brings out the earthy mushroom quality of the wine, the Hermitage adds its spicy boldness, and Taransaud chimes in with its beautiful base notes of richness.
Food Pairing Notes
You’ll want an equally rich and mouth-filling dish to accompany this wine, like gnocchi with a meat sauce, veal scaloppini or balsamic soaked Asiago cheese.