Pinot Noir HMR 2015
HMR Estate Vineyard
93 pts, Doug Wilder
The 2015 HMR Pinot Noir is densely packed with raspberries, tart cherries, rhubarb, spice, and a long finish that brings to mind the site’s limestone and clay soils. Generously textured, the mild earthiness brings out the identity showing old world complexity from the new world.
93 points, Doug Wilder, Purely Domestic Wine Review
"The nose is a deep sassafras and cherry tart along with savory plum. The DNA of the 1964-planted vineyard is evident here. The palate is dense tobacco and blue plum offering plenty of richness and length. Gorgeously sleek and silky polished plum and dark soaked cherry. Drink 2017 – 2024."
90 points, Vinous
"Vivid red. Smoke-accented red berries and cherry on the pungent, mineral-accented nose. Juicy and precise on entry, turning more fleshy in the midpalate and offering nicely concentrated raspberry and bitter cherry flavors and a touch of mocha. Shows good energy and thrust on the long, smoky finish, which leaves a note of candied rose behind."
91 points, Wine Enthusiast
The wine possesses an initial gossamer silkiness morphing into flavors of black cherry, raspberry tea and forest floor dusted with whorls of spicy potpourri. It will outgrow its current adolescence in a few months, best enjoyed from late 2017 through 2023.
Duck Breast with Pomegranate Glaze, Oven baked Salmon fillets with wilted arugula, roast coffee rubbed pork loin with balsamic gravy.
Our HMR Estate Vineyard traces its lineage to Burgundian vines, yet no clonal attribution can be sourced from its 1964 origins. Now as old as many Grand Cru vineyards we achieve a lacy elegance and delicious mystery not found in younger vines.
Harvested in the pre-dawn hours fruit is hand sorted, partially de-stemmed and individual berries are optically sorted. Small batch indigenous yeast fermentation combining 30% whole cluster is preceded by a brief cold soak followed by a 15 month sojourn in a combination of new and neutral French oak barrels.
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