2014 Van der Kamp Pinot Meunier
About this wine
Pinot Meunier is La Follette’s smallest bottling. Planted nearly forty years ago, the Pinot Meunier has been carefully tended and propagated by the van der Kamp family, who recognize the uniqueness of the variety. It is believed to be a mutation of Pinot Noir, and its name meunier is French for "miller", which describes the flour-like white down on its leaves.
The grape is rarely vinified and bottled as a single variety, as great care must be exercised in both the growing and the making of this finicky variety. In 2014, we vinified our Pinot Meunier using two different methods--- whole cluster fruit filled modified dairy tanks and also a destemmed 3/4 ton of this fruit was placed in our smallest tank. When the primary fermentations were complete, we combined these two lots in the press. It was then aged in neutral French oak barrels, to preserve the pure flavors and aromas of the maturing wine.
A dichotomy of flavors and textures. Delicate aromas of bay leaf, anise, and dried berries belie the plush mouthfeel of the entry. At once high-toned and elegant, the destemmed portion of the fruit offers unexpected but pleasing tannins. Red currant and pine duff unfurl midpalate. It is a wine to savor, as it truly evolves in the glass. Ebullient and versatile in its youth, this bottle will complex with some cellar age.
100% Pinot Meunier | Heritage Pinot Meunier clone
Open-top fermentor; carbonic maceration, selected yeast strain, native
Alc. 14.0% | pH 3.62 | TA 0.60 g/100mL