"The Pinot Noir Bodega Headlands Cuvée Elizabeth is dark and pliant, with terrific underlying energy that gives the wine its dynamic, vibrant personality. Dark cherry, plum, violet and spice all flesh out in the glass. A wine of pedigree and nuance, the Cuvée Elizabeth is super-expressive today, not to mention a real joy to taste." –Feb-16
The grapes are carefully sorted before and after de-stemming, leaving a high percentage of uncrushed whole berries in each fermenter. Native yeast fermentations begin in 7-8 days and proceed to dryness in less than 3 weeks. To ensure a gentle extraction, peak temperatures seldom reach 85 degrees F and the number of punch-downs is kept to a minimum. After fermentation, the wine is transferred to French oak barrels (25% new) to age in a cold underground cellar. Native malolactic fermentations usually begin by the end of the year and are complete by late Spring.