2016 Pinot Noir The Currents

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2016 Pinot Noir The Currents
2016 Pinot Noir The Currents
  • - Harvest date:  September 17, 2016
  • - Fruit source:  West 114 planted 1996
  • - Grapes at harvest: Brix 24.9, pH 3.16, TA 7.3 gr/liter
  • - Finished wine: Alcohol 14.3%, pH 3.47, TA 6.3 gr/liter
  • - Barrel aged 16 months in French oak, 33% new barrels
  • - 121 cases produced
  • - Bottled unfined February 5, 2018



The Currents is part of 4-wine series launched in 2014 by our second-generation winemaker, Ben Casteel, to explore the terroir of our Estate vineyards through a new lens.


The Currents wines are imposing in breadth and depth even in cooler years, so we need to tread lightly in warmer years and 2016 was no exception.   Aromas and flavors of blackberry, blueberry, and pomegranate are all framed by fresh acidity and firm but surprisingly integrated tannins.

At its most fundamental, terroir encompasses all the limiting conditions of the place you’ve decided to plant some grapes: geology, geography, topography, climate, ampelography, and on and on.  Terroir does not fit neatly into the tidy rectangles of vineyard blocks.  We had to start looking beyond the blocks, following where the wines lead us.   While we respect our history and what we learned in the process, we don’t allow it to hold us back from where we may go next. 

~ Ben Casteel



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