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The 2016 edition is an exciting, yet friendly wine, bursting at the seams with aromas of macerated wild berries and an elegant, soft earth undertone. The flavors combine both sweet and tart, reminiscent of Santa Rosa plums and wild blackberries that grow so commonly in Sonoma Wine Country. The finish is bright, slightly herbal, and savory making this an excellent food wine, as well as a charming drinking experience by itself.
This vintage marks the end of the drought year vintages in Northern California, which ended emphatically in the winter of 2016-2017. Once again, we saw extremely early bud break, flowering, and harvest for Pinot Noir that was mostly complete before September. These drought years have produced wines with excellent consistency, little disease pressure in the vineyards, and exceptional depth and intensity.
Our vineyard selection for the Sonoma County Pinot has continued to improve over the years. We source from 18 different vineyards including parts of our Single Vineyard program, and the final blend includes 10 different clonal selections. This is the most important wine in the Banshee lineup, and we treat it as such. The wine is fermented in small, stainless steel vessels, and as always, raised in 100% high-end French Oak.