Note: the 'Heritage Reserve' series is increasingly termed the 'California' series by De Loach.
The winery and vineyards were originally owned and run by Cecil and Christine De Loach. In 2003, the family run Burgundian estate Jean-Claude Boisset purchased De Loach and brought the focus back to the estate's original high quality winemaking philosophy, with specific emphasis on small lot winemaking, particularly of Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley. The winery's 17-acre estate vineyard has been completely restored and converted to organic and Biodynamic viticulture, a tradition upheld by many foremost Burgundian vineyards. The De Loach estate vineyards are certified organic by CCOF.
All the De Loach wines are made and bottled at their estate facility. The Pinot Noir was made from fruit grown in premium vineyards throughout northern and central California, helping to achieve a unique balance of delicate Pinot characteristics and more intense fruit flavours.
In the autumn of 2016, California suffered from frost, hail and very heavy rainfall. This partially relieved the drought but also caused some flood damage. Cooler than normal temperatures in August allowed for steady ripening, which produced high levels of natural acidity in the fruit.
Fruit for this Pinot Noir was primarily sourced from the Delta region of California and underwent minimal handling. A pre-fermentation cold soak was followed by fermentation in closed-top fermenters. Post fermentation warm maceration took place to extract good colour and ripe tannins. A small portion of the wine was barrel aged to add some slight oak complexity, but most was kept in stainless steel tanks in order to stay true to its lighter, food-friendly style.
The 2016 California Pinot Noir is an elegant and well-balanced wine. Offering mouthwatering flavours of cherry and strawberry, it is accented beautifully with just a touch of spice and earthiness.
Please click the blue link below to see a full technical/tasting note for this wine from De Loach themselves.
De Loach Heritage Reserve/California Pinot Noir 2016 - fiche technique