Wyncroft 2017 Pinot Noir, La Esperanza Vineyard, Fennville
Item Number: 14022
Sub Region: Fennville
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vineyard Designation: La Esperanza
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Stony clay loam
Case Production: 51
2017 Vintage Notes: This is the third Pinot Noir to be produced from La Esperanza Vineyard in the Fennville AVA. La Esperanza is planted with 35 acres of vitis vinifera. The vineyard is located in Glenn, just south of Saugatuck. It is about one mile from the lake; this cool site is produces Pinot Noir similar in style to Volnay. 2017, however, revealed another personality. 2017 was a fine vintage with nearly perfect weather throughout the growing season. Fall weather was dry allowing for a fairly late picking of ripe grapes, some of the ripest since 2010.
Winemaking Notes: The grapes were destemmed, lightly crushed and given a three-day cold maceration to stabilize color and increase aromatics. The vat was then inoculated with RC212 Burgundy yeast for structure and 71B yeast to bring out fruit aromas. The fermentation was long and cool, never rising above 75 degrees. Wine aged in oak barrels and in bottle before release.
Tasting Notes: The warm, dry vintage created a full-bodied style of Pinot Noir reminiscent of a cross between Russian River and Gevrey-Chambertin. The wine has a bright, clear scarlet-ruby color that is transparent and rich. The nose displays sweet red currant, cranberry jelly and hints of fried herbs, back tea and brown spice. The full body is structured with fine tannins and a long, complex finish. The wine is approachable now but will benefit from several years in the cellar.
Winemaker Comments: "Southwest Michigan Pinot Noir is much more Burgundian than almost any West Coast Pinot Noir. I am from Washington State, and after making Michigan’s first red Pinot Noir in 1983, I decided to stay in Michigan and pursue making excellent Pinot Noir. People are often surprised when they taste Wyncroft Pinot Noir. While this is flattering, credit really belongs to our glacial moraine soils, our latitude, and our proximity to Lake Michigan. Pinot is notoriously finicky, but Southwest Michigan possesses the combination of factors that suit it well. Along with my 1991, 2002, and 2010, this  is one of the most structured, long-lived Pinot Noirs I've made." - Jim Lester