2016 Arco Iris
This is from a one acre parcel of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris at the top of the hill at Hiyu. The two grapes are picked together and were placed whole cluster in a single wooden vat. They were pressed in a small, hand cranked, wooden press after one moon cycle of maceration. The wine finished fermenting and was aged in barrel, on the lees without additions. It was bottled by hand, via gravity, after 14 months of aging.
After three very hot years, 2016 brought relief. It wasn’t cool, not like 2010 or 2011, but gentler. The heat wasn’t torrid. Perhaps paradoxically, this has created a wine that is darker and more sensual than last years release. The wine fills the room with fragrance; very dark cherries, cedar, smoke, incense and long pepper. The fragrance is intoxicatingly sweet, cloud like and overwhelming. The wines richness fills the mouth. It’s soft, gentle and fine, but there is firm minerality just beneath the surface of it all. This interplay continues as the wine finishes and sensations alternate between sweet, gentle fruit, tannins and taut minerality. The last sensation is of the perfume, incense and exotic spice.