This vintage manifests the characteristics, which have made School House unique among North American Pinot Noirs.
Winemaking Notes Weather patterns in 2016 were typical for Spring Mountain throughout the last few years of drought. We received 33" of rain in the season prior to this wonderful vintage. The long, even growing season on Spring Mountain produced wines of impeccable balance and purity.
In September of 2016 we harvested nearly 4 tons of Pinot Noir, with a sugar/brix of 23.6°. The crop was fermented in open-top bins after a de-stemming. The young wine was then aged in new French oak cooperage for 11 months.
Tasting Notes We find the wonderful dried fruit flavors of cherries along with earth, forest floor & mushrooms. Aromas and tastes that evoke a classic French style Pinot Noir. This particular vintage shows great balance on the palate and lingers with a rich, long finish. Please note: the wine does benefit from being opened up to an hour before drinking, so that the wonderful, very special Pinot Noir ‘nose’ develops; since we do not filter or fine the wine it does throw some sediment, which we take as a mark of its quality. It should age beautifully. 287 cases were produced.