I love it when we achieve that backward, brooding Burgundian funk on the nose of our Pinots. Like the green tint in young Chardonnays, it is a sign of minimal handling, a quality which means all the youthful potential of a wine is perfectly preserved in bottle. One way we achieve this with Silver Eagle is through the addition of 10-15% whole cluster. I'm not sure if that's the trait that aligns it with Occidental Ridge but they feel like companion wines in 2019. That little extra bit of structure and aromatic intrigue cuts through the primary fruit character inherent in the site. It broadens the entire experience of the wine. We have also been cutting back on the new oak percentage here landing at around 15% the last two vintages. The fruit profile here is blue, red and black packed with sweet red cherries, black raspberries and plum. There's also a savory tilt toward gunpowder, dried herbs and mint. Like previous years, this wine will take a few years to unknit and I definitely think its best years are ahead of it. The cool, blue-fruited texture here lays on the palate for a full minute creating a very unique Pinot in 2019.
The 2019 Pinot Noir Silver Eagle Vineyard is laced with the essence of wild cherry, mint, dried herbs, leather, cedar and tobacco. A whole range of soil and savory nuances give the 2019 its distinctive personality. In 2019, the Silver Eagle is not quite as overt as it can be, the combined result of the cool growing season and the decision to use 15% whole clusters to try to temper some of the wine's natural exuberance, certainly worked. There is a bit of brawn in the 2019 that needs time to resolve. Otherwise, the Silver Eagle has so much to offer. Readers should not be in any rush. There is so much to look forward to here.