This Foursight bottling is an unoaked variant of their flagship Pinot Noir—hence the “Zero” moniker. The grapes were fermented with ambient cultures in open top stainless steel, and a portion of the fruit remained whole-cluster. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered, and as with all of the winery’s production, it was back-labeled with its ingredients: grapes, tartaric acid, and sulfur dioxide.
The wine is a hazy pinkish red, lightly tinted. Less effusively floral than the winery’s other Pinots—indeed, nearly the opposite of their Pommard 05 bottling—its fragrance is reminiscent of washed linen on the line. The fruit lifts into barely ripe strawberry while a breeze of spearmint, tarragon, and anise seed make it feel cooling and serene. Texturally it’s bracing, a shiny wine driven by acidity and the bite of spring berries. The finish offers another breath of those minty, licorice-like herbs.
It throws quite a bit of sediment, so stand it for an hour before serving and decant carefully. Pair it with fish, poultry, and young and bloomy cheeses. It’s also cleansing with rich gratins and pastry.
2014 Foursight Wines Pinot Noir Zero Charles Vineyard Anderson Valley
14% abv | $39 (sample)