The Small Hours Pinot Noir Vecino Vineyard Potter Valley 2015
The folks at Folk Machine have done it again! This is a lovely light Pinot Noir from a single, organic and biodynamic vineyard in Potter Valley. It is perfect for midweek and after work as it's pretty low alcohol for a red wine (read: less of a hangover). Still full of flavor, it's quite elegant and impressive, especially if you consider the price.
This Pinot is pale in color and has enough refreshing acidity to allow it to pair with just about anything. Notes of earthy cherry and cranberry dominate, cushioned by soft tannins.
Winemaker Kenny Likitprakong has a philosophy of tending to grapes in the vineyard, and then getting out of the way in the winery. The wine was fermented using native yeasts and is made of 50% Pommard clone grapes and 50% of the 115 clone (fancy!). It was then aged in new French Oak, where the Malolactic Fermentation proceeded spontaneously. Only 400 cases were produced and we are lucky to have our hands on some!
Funky label artwork by Arthur Jones.