Victoria is Colene Clemens’ daughter and our co-founder. Designed to represent the highest expression of the Colene Clemens Estate Vineyard in each vintage, this stunning pinot noir is artfully blended from a small number of very best barrels and most distinguished vineyard blocks. It opens with intense aromas of deep, dark red fruit, sweet spice, and sandalwood. The palate provides a seamless array of dark fruit, baking spice, and hints of vanilla, followed by a supple & persistent finish. This powerful wine will reward you after ten to fifteen years in the cellar.
94 points from The Wine Spectator
Our earliest vintage to date, we harvested between September 12th and the 21st. The fruit was 100% de-stemmed into small stainless steel tanks and began with a 4-5 day cold soak. Following this, tanks are gently warmed, and fermentation by indigenous yeast begins and proceeds for 10-14 days. During primary fermentation, the tanks are gently punched down by hand twice daily. Once fermentation is complete, we allow for 5-7 days of extended maceration in tank before we drain the tanks and press the skins and seeds very gently to procure the remaining juice. Both the free run juice and pressed juice then go directly to barrel without settling. After 11 months in French oak—40% new; 40% 1-year old; 20% 2-year old—the wine is then blended and bottled.
Clonal composition: 56% Pommard, 38% Dijon 777, 6% Dijon 667