VML 2016 Starscape Pinot Noir
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Clones: 667, 777, 115, Martini, Pommard
Appellation: 100% Russian River Valley
Barrel program: 35% New French Oak
Cases Produced: 295
We’ve had a love affair with this vineyard since the inception of VML. And loyalty has its perks – each year we get to harvest what we feel are the best vines on the property. Of the 15 distinct blocks we chose in 2016, only 4 made the designate cut, creating an incredibly layered and complex flavor profile. Each lot was picked individually at optimal ripeness and fermented separately, facilitating its own unique development and character. The 2016 Pinot Noir Starscape Vineyard has a medium ruby color, opening to aromas of cinnamon stick and dried leaves with citrus peel, woodsmoke and warm red and black cherries and berries. Medium-bodied with fruity and earthy layers in the mouth, it has grainy tannins and a spicy finish.