With only one four rows of Pinot Meunier planted, we usually blend it with our Pinot Noir. In 2017 we had just enough to make a single barrel of our first varietal Pinot Meunier on the request of a local restauranteur. It's the same amount of work to make a tiny batch of wine like that, and hardly seems worth the effort. But the result made us glad that we did.
Pinot Meunier is an interesting grape. It's thought to be a mutation from Pinot Noir, and has the quality of ripening early and consistently producing. Because of this, there is a large acreage planted in the Champagne region of France, where almost all of it is used in the production of sparkling wine.
We harvested our Meunier last, so it was very ripe, but the grapes were in pristine shape. Sugar content was moderate so the yeast created a pleasant level of alcohol.
Ripe, plummy, with tannins that remind some people of coffee or espresso on the finish. Dry, fruity.
20 cases produced