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Contour Pinot Noir 2017

This deep scarlet red wine is bursting with lush aromas of blackberry bramble, nutmeg, and hint of caramel.

The wine is fresh and exuberant in the mouth, with sumptuous notes of strawberry jam, ripe black cherry, cranberry, and warm gingerbread.

2017 Contour Pinot Noir is perfectly balanced with refreshing acidity, velvety tannins, and a hint of toasted oak carrying through its long finish. A shining example of all that California pinot noir has to offer.

The 2017 Vintage

2017 was an excellent California growing season in California, marked by a mildly warm spring, which led to late summer heat. At the same time, the cooling influence of the Pacific Ocean fully-insulated pinot noir crops. Warm temperatures extended into fall, producing an opulent example of the varietal.

The fruit for Contour's 2017 vintage was sourced from a variety of cool climates and coastal vineyards, including Santa Barbara, Sonoma County, Monterey, and Santa Ynez. The grapes were hand-harvested at night to ensure a consistent cool temperature upon delivery to the winery.

Winemaking

The fruit was meticulously sorted, and a combination of destemmed and whole-cluster fermentation was employed.

To amplify the wine’s complexity, both open and closed-top fermentation tanks were used, along with natural and cultured yeast strains.

Following primary fermentation, the grapes were gently pressed and racked into barrels for 11 months. A mixture of French and Hungarian oak barrels were used at a modest rate of 10% new oak.