2014 Estate Pinot Noir
Though the sheer beauty of the Belden Barns site is undeniable, its long history of producing highly respected Pinot Noir was what really got us excited to plant our flag here in 2005. As many know, quality Pinot Noir production is limited to a narrow band of climate conditions. In the case of our site, those cool, consistent conditions exist in spades. Originally planted to Cabernet Sauvignon in 1973, the site proved too cold to produce ultra-premium wine from the sun-loving Cabernet grape. Coaxed by the highly respected Pinot Noir winemaker, Rod Berglund of the famed Joseph Swan label, our vineyard's founder, Dave Steiner, was convinced to plant a block of the vineyard to Pinot Noir. That move kicked off what is now over twenty years of exceptional Pinot Noir production.
Our Estate Pinot Noir fulfills our site's long-standing reputation and provides an absolutely stunning wine that offers a captivating balance of dark fruit, earth, spice, and that ethereal "Pinot-Ness" we've come to covet from this varietal. Our site's 1,000-foot elevation and maritime breeze influence produces smaller "mountain" berries with relatively thicker skins. As a result, our Pinot Noir achieves a unique depth of color and lush core of flavor. Extremely food-friendly, be careful with this wine – its magical aroma and tantalizing taste will quickly leave you with an empty glass.
The 2014 Estate Pinot Noir has a lot to live up to. We often get “unique” compliments in this business – one of the more recent we’ve received on our 2013 Estate Pinot Noir was from a well-respected sommelier serving to friends of ours at a San Francisco restaurant, “Good choice!” He then commended them, “You’re basically drinking Kosta Brown at a third of the price.” Not the first time we’ve heard this comparison – Kosta Brown is a Pinot Noir producer who took the world by storm when the Pinot craze hit, and their bottles now start at over $100. We’ll happily take the compliment and share our wines with friends at an approachable price. The 2014 Estate Pinot Noir follows in the footsteps of its older siblings. That full, plush yumminess is certainly apparent, but in this vintage, the Estate upped the ante and got dressed up for a more refined outing. We feel that this is the most balanced and complete Belden Barns Estate Pinot Noir to date.