Lichen Estate takes the “solera” approach common in Sherry to this multi-vintage blend. Lichen’s first Solera Pinot Noir combined the estate vineyard’s entire first harvest of 2011 — two barrels — with six barrels of the 2012 Estate Pinot Noir. Bottled six barrels in 2013, and kept two barrels to combine with 2013 harvest and beyond. In August 2014, added six barrels of 2013 to two barrels held over and bottled six barrels of the blend. And so on through 2015.
This multi-vintage blend from 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 is named for the time-honored aging and blending process used to create the world’s great Sherries and Madeiras. This wine comprises ¾ from the recent vintage, so remains fresh and alive like a “regular” Pinot Noir but with great complexity from the barrel-aged components. Ripe red fruit aromas mingle with toasted oak, bourbon, and tobacco. Coconut, rhubarb, and strawberry join in its complex bouquet of flavors, all textured like raw silk. As you enjoy this “Solera” from Lichen, reflect that two barrels were kept to blend into future Soleras.