2005 Cuvee Niclaire Pinot Noir

Cuvee Niclaire is named for Nick and Claire Jensen, the children of winery founders Rob and Diana Jensen. Made from only our best seven to ten barrels each year, this cuvee (blend) is our most prestigious reserve-level Pinot Noir, marrying complementary rich flavors and aromas from our multiple cool-climate California vineyards.

Silk, balance, elegance, rich fruit, and “another glass please” are what Cuvee Niclaire is all about. Spicy rich cherry characteristics from Santa Barbara County combine with red plum, black cherry, herb and mineral notes from our Monterey County vineyards to create layers of complexity in the glass and a symphony of flavors on the palate.

Tasting notes from winemaker Bill Brosseau: Dark red color. Being a blend of our top barrels in the winery, this Pinot has it all; spice, fruit, richness, silkyness, and concentration. Black pepper, cloves, cherries, anise, and vanilla bean are the predominant aromas followed by I’m sure, hundreds of other subtle nuances. Upon taste, this Pinot is silky and plush, brimming with cherries and black pepper. This Pinot will continue to open up and gain complexities with time. This wine should age well for up to 10 years or more.