2017 Gee Vineyard Pinot NoirRegular price $88.00
Morello cherry, blood orange, cinnamon, tobacco & white pepper spice, layered with a long finish
The Gee Vineyard sits across from Bouchaine Vineyards on Buchli Station Road. This 17 acre vineyard was planted in the early 1980’s by Dr. Gee’s family and close friends. The old vines are un-trellised with zero irrigation. Each vine was watered by hand to establish roots and has since been dry farmed, producing concentrated Pinot Noir with incredible character. Bouchaine has been fortunate to purchase all of the Gee Vineyard grapes from the very beginning. Not only do the roots and flavors run deep, but so does our decade’s long friendship with Dr. Gee.
2017 delivered much needed rains over winter, and beautiful weather during the growing season, resulting in an exceptional harvest. A cool, foggy summer allowed for slow ripening, high acidity, and superb flavor development.
All fruit is hand harvested at night, preserving berry integrity. After a 5–7 day cold soak, fruit is fermented with native yeast in both open and closed top tanks. The wine is then drawn off and the must placed into a basket press for gentle pressing. All wines complete malolactic fermentation in French oak barrels. The vineyard blocks are kept separate for evaluation and the best blocks are racked together in late Spring to assemble the finest expression of Carneros.