Lichen Estate: Seven acres of estate vines overlook Highway 128 from the 203-acre Lichen Estate in Anderson Valley. Prepared in 2007 and planted in 2008 on meter-by-meter spacing, the vineyard comprises 75% Pinot Noir and 25% Pinot Gris vines on 15% to 35% southeast-facing slopes. Farmed 100% organically. Four clones of Pinot Noir (Martini, Wadenswil, Pommard, & 667) on three rootstocks (420A, 101-14, and 161-49) went into the Moonglow blend. Lichen Estate fruit is 100% of the total blend in 2016.
Fermentation: 12-18 days in 1.25 to 3 ton stainless closed-top fermenters and 1.4 ton open-top S-Bins; 1-4 day cold soaks; gentle pump-overs followed by hand punch-downs; and 2 to 3 day extended maceration. All lots took off and fermented dry with native yeast. Cooperage: Majority Françoise Frere fire bent, 3-year and 4-year dried, extra tight grain wood, medium plus toast; Atelier Centre France water bent, 3-year dried, extra tight grain wood, medium plus toast; Kadar Hungarian tight grain, 3-year dried medium plus toast; roughly 50% new wood, predominantly Francoise Frere with remainder being 10 to 40 months used. 17 months in barrel.
Representing the best five barrels of Lichen Estate’s Pinot Noir for the vintage, the 2017 Estate delivered one of our most concentrated vintages ever for Pinot Noir, on par with the gorgeous 2014. Black cherry and red cherry battle to an aromatic draw in the nose. Incredible depth of fruit on the palate is lifted by young tannins that promise to grow silkier over time. This beauty will not disappoint. Will continue to improve in the cellar for a decade.