2016 Ahurani Pinot Noir

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2016 Ahurani Pinot Noir

35.00

A medium, utterly transparent crimson red with cool tones, the Ahurani has a joybringing nose of spicy red and blue fruits with a touch of minerals and a soothing freshness. In 2016 (as in 2015) it is 100% whole cluster, and produced from blocks on the top of the tallest hill of the vineyard like the Momtazi Vineyard bottling. In the mouth, there is a gentleness that the Momtazi Vineyard bottling doesn’t have right now. No claws or talons or gimlet eyes. This one is a friendly dragon. It reminds me of the spirit of the Mirabai, but it is the Momtazi version. It has this lovely, flowing movement to it in the mouth, and without being glou-glou, it wants to be enjoyed. It is very early yet (I write these silly non-note notes in late January 2018), and I believe the Ahurani will continue to develop the fruit-side of the Momtazi Vineyard beauty significantly this year. It has the power and delicious acidity typical of this wild vineyard.  

Appellation: McMinnville A.V.A.

Picking Dates:  19 and 20 September 2016

Élevage: no new wood-all Burgundy barrels (228L)

Bottling Date: 20 June 2017

Alcohol: 13.0 %

Cases Produced: 592

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