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Elkhorn Peak Cellars

2020 Pét Nat of Pinot Noir
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Appearance rhubarb red
Aromas pomegranate, raspberry danish pastry, play dough, rose bud
Palate delightfully playful and refreshing with red cherry, wild strawberry, sour dough starter, wet stone and soft acidity
Food Pairing Suggestions
Low alcohol makes this Pét Nat a great afternoon sipper and a palate cleanser. When pairing with food, try light, seasonal summer salads, seafood, salty popcorn or crab rangoon.
Composition

100% Estate Grown Pinot Noir

Production
60 cases
Alcohol
11.5%
Aging Potential
Intended to enjoy young. Drink now while the wine is youthful and vibrant.
Vineyard
Elkhorn Peak estate vineyard in Napa Valley
About The Vineyard

Located in South Napa, Jamieson Canyon is a six mile stretch along Highway 12 and home to Elkhorn Peak Cellars Estate vineyards.


Elkhorn Peak makes wine from two estate vineyards. The first vineyard is 10-acres, and sits at 380 feet above sea level. This vineyard, planted in 1983, was the first vineyard planted in Jamieson Canyon. Five different clones (types) of Pinot Noir are planted in this vineyard. The vines are all cordon trained with vertical shoot positioning and are all drop irrigated.


In 1997, Ken purchased a neighboring plot, planted an additional 10-acres of Pinot Noir, and named this vineyard “Vineyard 38” after his 1938 Chevy. In May of 2019 Vineyard 38 was replanted to Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Elkhorn Peak Cellars expects to release their first Cabernet Sauvignon in 2025.​


Both vineyards have South facing views of the San Pablo Bay and San Francisco Bay. The elevation and proximity to San Pablo Bay bring early morning fog and beautiful afternoon sun; there is no concern of frost. The heavy influences from the marine environment allow delicate Pinot Noir grapes to flourish, making this small pocket in South Napa is an ideal area to grow world class Pinot Noir grapes.


Winemaker Notes

This is Elkhorn Peak’s second vintage of sparkling wine. The 2019 vintage sold out in record time, limited quantities of the 2020 Pét Nat remain.


The fruit was foot treaded to extract colors and flavors. The fruit had 8 hours on skin and stems before being pressed, and pumped into a stainless-steel tank to begin a 13-day fermentation. On August 26th, 2020 while the wine was actively fermenting, we bottled and crown capped. Over the next 7 months, the wine rests in bottle, neck down, to finish fermentation and separate from the sediment (lees).

On March 19, 2021, we disgorged the Pét Nat, removing the sediment from the bottle, and then added Elise’s “secret sauce” (inspired by old world champagne dosage recipes) before recapping. The wine rested in bottle for an additional month before being labeled and released.


Learn more about Pét Nat on The Daily Flight Blog.



Winemaker

Elise Nerlove – Winemaker

Ken Nerlove – Proprietor/Grower

About the Winemaker

As growers, the Team at Elkhorn Peak concentrate on healthy vine development over high yield crops. The delicate vineyard tasks of pruning, canopy management and harvesting are all done by hand – never machines. Their goal is to establish well-developed vines that will produce fruit of the highest quality on a consistent basis. With production levels at two tons per acre, the focus is on quality over quantity – always.

Elkhorn Peak is named after the Elkhorn Peak Mountain.  At 1336′ Elkhorn Peak is the tallest mountain in Jamieson Canyon and is located directly behind our vineyards.

“The name of the mountain, as told to me by the ‘old timers,’ came from Elks being common to this beautiful mountain range many years ago.” -Ken, Grower/Owner

About the Winery
Elkhorn Peak Cellars
While Napa Valley is typically known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, there’s a hidden gem called Elkhorn Peak – the oldest and most developed vineyard in the area – producing exceptional, small batch Pinot Noir.
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