2016 Narcisse Pinot Noir
As followers of the Soliste philosophy are aware, in 2009 we made the decision to return to the roots of Burgundy and the craftsmanship of the Cistercian monks of Vougeot to focus on single clones from single vineyards and matured in single cooperage: MonoClone® our amazing L’Espérance, Sonatera, L’Ambroisie, Nouveau Monde and Forêt.
From this disciplined approach, we realized we had a unique and rare opportunity to create a Single Cuvee from the other great barrels from each of our vineyards. We blended the best barrels together and aged to harmonize the once separated wines to craft Narcisse Pinot Noir -- an exceptional wine of great depth, fruit concentration, and elegance, a pure representation of Soliste wines.
2016 started late with a cool spring with an unremarkable growing season. The grapes were handpicked at midnight with rigorous field selection and winery hand sorting. The grapes were gently destemmed and 15% whole cluster was reserved for spice, tannin, and structure. Following a brief cold soak and gentle ferment, we aged Narcisse in 100% French Oak barrels (32% new) for 21 months.
Intensely pure aromatics of griottes (wild cherries) and boysenberries interlaced with earthy tones. As the wine evolves in the glass, it carries an elegant burst of dried fruits, exotic spices, vanilla, and black tea aromatics complemented by bright acidity of red fruit on the finish. The velvety tannins are extremely refined creating a Pinot Noir of great finesse, complexity, and elegance. Narcisse 2016 is a mysterious wine that keeps evolving into profound sophistication.