Crescendo is composed like a symphony, combining multiple clones of Pinot Noir from the Estate Vineyards for a harmonious layering of nuance. As with most Carneros Pinot Noir, it’s possessed of bracing acidity, in this case backed by subtle oak and a grainy texture. Light, tart and refreshing, the flavors of strawberry, tart cranberry and rhubarb sing on a background of spice and herb.
Bouchaine is the oldest continuously operating winery in the Carneros District and their history predates the Carneros’ reputation as a world-class region for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. A Missouri native named Book Fly planted fruit trees and grapes on the land in the late 1880s. In time, an Italian winemaker purchased the vineyard in 1927, and Beringer acquired it in 1961.Twenty years later, current owners Gerret and Tatiana Copeland bought the run-down winery and vineyards. Over the ensuing two decades, they replanted the vines and gardens, modernized the production facility and rebuilt the tasting room to welcome visitors. Since early 2015, Chris Kajani has led the winemaking team. After a stint in biotechnology, she went back to her alma mater UC Davis for a master’s degree in viticulture and found her way to Bouchaine. “I put my nose in the tank and the layers of wild strawberry, succulent cherry, cardamom, sandalwood, roses and cinnamon hit me like a wave—after the first harvest of Pinot Noir, I was hooked,” Kajani says.