The first time the team at Belden Barns tasted Serendipity Block out of barrel, they looked at each other and started to laugh—a “holy-cow-we-really-did-it” kind of laugh. From the beginning, Serendipity Block has been a very deliberate effort to create a highly rarified wine. This year’s lot is a continuation of the discoveries this ingenious team uncovered last year, with a fresh, intriguing result that reflects the unique qualities of the 2016 vintage.
Here’s how it works: the team at Belden Barns interplanted their best pocket of vineyard with nine separate Pinot Noir clones. Knowing full well that none of the clones ripen at the same time, they limited the picking of Serendipity Block to one day—and one day only. They fermented the entire lot whole-cluster and aged it solely in neutral oak. In this way, they captured the essence of Serendipity Block at one moment in time with limited winemaking influence.
This nature-over-nurture approach has yielded a spectacular wine that is truly a product of life’s enchanting possibilities. In 2016, Belden Barns yielded enough fruit from Serendipity Block to produce only a few, very rare barrels of wine from this diminuitive destination. This five-case selection comes from the barrel that best represents the potential of this tiny, magical spot, and is a remarkable wine that is oh-so-2016.
A winemaker dinner or store visit is offered as part of this lot. Must be scheduled on a mutually agreeable date and booked within a year of receipt.