2021 Boekenoogen Pinot Noir
Beginning in 1997, John Boekenoogen transformed his family’s historic ranch in the Santa Lucia Mountains into one of the region’s best-known estates. The high altitude Boekenoogen Vineyard is located on the northern end of the Santa Lucia Highlands, offering well-drained mountainside soils and exposure to cooling coastal air.
The grapes were completely destemmed after hand sorting. The whole berry fermentation was conducted in open top tanks, and manual punch-downs provided supple texture and soft tannins. The wine was transferred to a combination of medium and medium-plus toast French oak barrels, 40% new, for malolactic fermentation and ten months of aging.
On the nose, bing cherry and wild herbs are highlighted by subtle florality. Cherry cola and strawberry jolly rancher are supported by a medium plus body and rich tannins. A very food-friendly wine, perfect pairings would include duck confit, roast lamb, or mushroom risotto.