Made using the Clones 667, Pommard, and Wadenswil 2A, the 2012 Ella’s Reserve is a complex, balanced and vibrant Pinot Noir. The nose is instantly compelling with complexity and depth which draws one in. Exotic spice abounds with nutmeg, burdock, plum skin, and graphite. Fresh fruity and floral aromas slowly unfold showing violets, rose petal, bergamot, and red current. Candied fruit, bramble, and sweet tobacco give this wine a rich and supple quality.
The palate on this wine is bright, focused, and strung with a tension that will reward cellaring. The lively fruit component leads with flavors of Bing cherry, pomegranate, strawberry, and plum. Richer flavors of rhubarb pie, black tea, and cola linger on the mid-palate.
The inclusion of whole clusters to the fermentation shows with a mix of bright fruit, intoxicating florals, and a velvety texture. Wonderfully lean and lush at the same time, fresh summer fruits blend with an earthy forest-floor character in the mouth, while a vibrant minerality on the finish reaffirms the wines’ elegance.