2021 'Joie' Pinot Noir
Aubaine is a high end boutique project of single vineyard and estate only Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Our founder Andy Lytle has teamed up with esteemed winemaker Isabelle Meunier to make the best possible expression of the Eola-Amity Hills. Aubaine is the French term for Windfall which is one of the estate vineyards that will be used in future vintages. The green wave on the label represents the Eola-Amity Hills, and the blue wave represents the winds of the VanDuzer Corridor. Pronounced Ō-Bane.
The growing season of 2021 is considered an outstanding vintage. Bloom occurred the first week of June, under amazing weather thanks to a small heat wave. In July and August, conditions were warmer until a couple of welcomed isolated rain events in early September that slowed ripening some, and helped build complex flavors. We picked from September 14th to 22nd in beautiful weather conditions where we harvested exceptional grapes that created beautifully balanced flavors and silky textures in the wines.
Rich and deep garnet in color with a brilliant edge, the first nose opens with aromas
of freshly baked cherry crumble, dusty rose petals, forest floor, hints of rosemary, and
mixed berries intertwined with hints of lavender. Smooth and refined on the palate
with a juicy core of red fruits, the silky tannin profile travels beautifully through
mid-palate and tightens elegantly through the finish. There is a harmonious balance of bramble berries, strawberries, hints of cloves and earthy minerality.
2021 WINEMAKING FACTS
Vineyard Areas: Blk 2 – 777 on 101-14 and Blk 3 Pommard on 3309
Picking date: September 14th and 22nd , 2021
Harvest Data: 22.9 brix, pH 3.25, TA 6.3 g/l
Fermentation: Spontaneous native fermentation, gentle punch downs and pump overs twice per day Pressed on October 4th and 6th
Barreled on October 12th and 20th with 30% new French Oak
Malolactic fermentation: Indigenous and 100% complete by February 2nd, 2022
Bottling date: February 8th, 2023
Cases produced: 342 cases
Aging Potential: Well over 10 years