2018 Brick & Mortar Pinot Noir Cougar Rock Vineyard Napa Valley

2018 Brick & Mortar Pinot Noir Cougar Rock Vineyard Napa Valley

Cougar Rock Vineyard straddles 1,450 to 1,800 feet of elevation in the Vaca Mountains, east of Yountville. The Pinot for this wine was harvested at 23° Brix, which helped bring the alcohol in at a temperate 12.5% ABV. The grapes were cold soaked, and fermentation was spontaneous. The open-top fermenters were punched down roughly daily, and once dry the wine was moved into used French oak barriques where it reposed for a year prior to bottling. 

It has true Pinot character. The aromas suggest earth and stone, fruit and blood: geosmin, petrichor, wet clay, tomato, strawberry, green peppercorn. It’s also lightly volatile. The robe is limpid, clear red with a watery rim, and the wine gets texture from a spine of acidity and talc-like tannins. The fruit notes skew cherry and rhubarb, and at the finish, the acidity gallops back for a bite.

Delicious, earthy, and gastronomic; exciting but eminently sane.

2018 Brick & Mortar Pinot Noir Cougar Rock Vineyard Napa Valley

12.5% ABV | $54 (sample)

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