Hagafen Cellars 2006 Prix Reserve Pinot Noir, Soleil Vineyard: North Block, Kosher Wine

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Tasting Notes

Indie Winemakers' Tasting Notes

Our mission is to provide unbiased opinions of the wine being offered. These notes come from up to 10 guests who tasted this wine in a blind tasting format (wine is concealed so their identity is unknown). Why this format? Tasting blind completely throws out any hype associated with a certain winery, style, price point, etc; it forces the taster to accept what is in the glass without any predetermined notions.

Our tasters are not wine professionals, but a cross-representation of professions where the common denominator is our love for wine. We utilize Robert Parker's Glossary of Wine Terms to help write our comments. In addition, we utilize the aroma wheel to enhance our ability to describe the complexity of wine flavor.

Tasting Notes

Group Tasting Notes: Ridiculously good wine! Very dark and extracted color in the glass on this Grenache. Red berry fruit nose. Tastes of black cherry, vanilla, raspberry - just like trying fruit samples at the farmers market. Incredibly long finish with a little bit of tannins. Give this a few more months and then dig in.

Group Tasting Notes: Clear dark ruby red color. This wine has medium viscosity with clear tear drops. It has great focus with blackberries and a smokey bacon nose. The tastes are similar along with some pepper that was not picked up before. Well structured, the wine has a velvety feel in the mouth. Nice medium-long finish.

Technical Data

Wine Technical Data
Blend 100% Pinot Noir
Appellation California Soleil Vineyard, Napa Valley
Harvest Dates Sept - Oct, 2006
Sugar at Harvest 23.8 Brix
Fermentation NA
Aging / Cooperage NA
Alcohol 13.5% by volume
Acidity pH: 3.92, TA: .64

Technical Notes - Hagafen Cellars 2006 Prix Reserve Pinot Noir, Soleil Vineyard: North Block

About the Vineyards

California Soleil Vineyard is in Yountville, Napa Valley. Yountville AVA is one of the coolest wine regions in Napa Valley, which helps contribute to a long growing season. The area is particularly known for tannic wines that have the capability of aging well in the bottle.

About The Vintage

The 2006 growing season started late; bud-break was delayed by very wet and cold weather throughout winter and early spring. An exceptionally hot mid-summer season helped accelerate growth. By the end of July, when temperatures soared over 100F on eight days, the vines had entered into a more typical cycle. Beautiful weather followed in August, with characteristic warm days and cool nights. Mid-veraison was observed on August 8. Mild temperatures throughout the months of September and October allowed for increased hang-time and favored perfect ripening.

Winemaker's tasting notes

This Reserve Pinot Noir presents aromas of bright cherry, strawberry and honey while the drastically low yields we get from these vines produce a New World Pinot of mouth-filling cherry, spice, and zippy white pepper. This wine is all about experience, and given how little of it there is, we urge you to get it now or miss it forever.

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