(le ka preez)
Single Vineyard Pinot Noir
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The 2019 Peter Michael Winery Le Caprice Estate Pinot Noir (le ka preez), French for “tempermental,” an ode to the fickle nature of the Pinot Noir grape. Situated over 1,000 feet above sea level on steep mountain slopes, some exceeding 50 percent in grade, the
vineyard site faces east and northeast. It benefits from both the cooling influence of the Pacific Ocean, just on the other side of the coastal ridge, and the mild, sunny mountain climate. The soil of the vineyard is a composite of clay, silt, and volcanic gravels, which produces a wine with polished tannins, body, and a hint of graphite minerality. Le Caprice presents the most fruit-driven style among the trio of estate Pinot Noirs.
Winemaker Tasting Notes:
This 2019 ‘Le Caprice’ beautifully displays the characteristics of Pinot Noir from this coastal, sunny site, exhibiting a deep ruby color with crimson highlights and lofty aromatics of Griotte cherry, a touch of raspberry and sweet plum framed by savory rosewood, baking clove, and cedar. Abundant flavors of dark, morello cherry and blackberry meld with the essence of black tea and earthy notes of forest floor. Expressive while young, the 2019 ‘Le Caprice’ will continue to develop for a decade.
Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
Aged 16 months in 100% French oak barrels from select artisan coopers
Bottled unfined and unfiltered
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