"As for the 2014 Pinot Noir UV, this wine comes two-thirds from the Calera clone of Pinot Noir and the rest from a Vosne-Romanée clone (which we all know, but no one's saying, probably emanated from the famous Domaine de la Romanée Conti estate). Lots of soft strawberry, sweet cherry and blueberry notes emerge from this wine, giving it a Côte de Nuits-like character. Slightly lighter than the Ritchie, feminine, fragrant, and beautifully round and juicy, this wine should drink well young and last ten or more years. -RP" –Dec 2015
Vinous Aubert, 2014 Aubert Pinot Noir UV Vineyard
"The 2014 Pinot Noir UV Vineyard has a lovely immediacy, but it also comes across as ample and at times a bit heavy. Then again, this site is rich in clay, which tends to confer breadth. Dark red cherry, plum, leather, mint and spices meld into the powerful, resonant finish. This supple, engaging Pinot will drink well pretty much right out of the gate. UV is planted with a mix of Calera and Vosne-Romanée clones."
Located in the heart of the Sonoma Coast AVA, the UV Vineyard’s footprint encompasses some of the rarest soils which we refer to as the “Sebastopol Clays.” The nature of these clay-based soils provides the vines’ roots with much needed moisture during the warm summer months, helping buffer any water related stress. Clay rich soils are widely known to contribute to Pinot Noir’s structure, by enhancing the formation of pliant, sweet-tannins. Originally planted in 2001, UV is our oldest Pinot Noir site and planted with our rarest Pinot Noir clones. The resulting wine epitomizes an Aubert Pinot Noir – rich fruit, distinct terroir, opulent color and complex aromatics.
Each 2014 Pinot Noir lot was fermented with native yeasts and a measure of whole cluster inclusion in small open-top tanks. The 2014 vintage presented another drought year. Vine clusters carried fewer, and smaller, more highly concentrated berries. With so little juice, the resulting skin contact provided intense extraction in the fermentation tanks. The continued use of lower levels of new oak, followed by an early bottling date allowed us to capture fresher, more vibrant qualities. The 2014 Aubert Pinot Noirs are some of the most deeply pitched, opulent wines we have made. Aligned with their richness, they have brilliant purity and acidity that the drought also seems to afford. If enjoyed in the near-term, decant time will be critical and will require a minimum of 6-8 hours of preparation.