2016 Renaissance Pinot Noir
We embraced the opportunity and felt that from our original vineyard, we would identify a few rows that would allow us to craft a deeper wine, pressing 50% whole cluster to create more layers without losing what makes Soliste: Elegance.
Le Regard / The Look
Scintillating amethyst gemstone in the glass, mineral bricking tones denoting presence of tannins from the whole clusters, highlighting the structure and barrel aged concentration of the wine.
Le Nez / The Nose
Renaissance has a musty fruit-driven bouquet laden with black cherries, cassis, plum compote, ink and graphite. A few swirls and exotic aromas spill out of the glass; an infusion of cardamom, anis, and sage, with chalky minerals become more voluptuous as it opens up. Roast meat drippings and earthy fall foliage with mushroom completes the intoxicating aromas.
Degustation / The Taste
The 2016 Renaissance is a rich, deeply pitched wine crafted on a serious core of dark red fruit, spices, and licorice. The front palate delivers an ultra-pure stoned infused black cherries, boysenberries, and plums, very creamy and unctuous, creating weight in the mouth, spiked with violets, licorice and mint. The mid-palate is infinitely complex as the aromas are tightly wound together; such harmony is rarely seen in Pinot Noir outside Côte-de-Nuits. Dark fruit elixirs are layered with earthy tones, rose petals, cocoa nibs, tea must and dry herbal amaro; a certain result of the whole cluster press. The lightly toasted wood element from the French oak barrels, elevate the wine and balance out the whole cluster extraction creating a light meaty/smoky seasoning for the dark berry compote. As the wine evolves, the taste matures almost as if this wine is 12 years old or more. It has a very similar structure as the 2009 Clos St Jacques from Rousseau. The long mineral finish is very exotic with layers of tart pomegranate which create a wine of great verve, complexity, and density.
I have never tasted a Pinot Noir of such Pedigree outside my native Bourgogne. This extraordinary and mystical wine will age magnificently for at least a decade…if you can resist the temptation…I can’t!
2016 Renaissance…The Mystical One
13.1% alc. 45 cases