The folks at Illahe winery (pronounced Ill-Uh-Hee) strive to make wines as sustainable and naturally as possible. They're committed to dry agriculture practices, harvest entirely by hand, and use their team of draft horses to mow and deliver grapes to the winery at harvest. Inside the winery they use no enzymes or additives, and many wines are made entirely by hand, without any modern mechanization.
The results are these elegant Pinot Noirs. For the Estate bottle I get surprising piney notes, with nice weight and velvet tannins. Finishes with hints of graphite, salinity, and a touch of vanilla.
Go great guns with the a Magnum of the Bon Sauvage- a nose of cedar chest, forest floor, fennel, and earth. On the pallet we get blueberry, violet, cranberry, and raspberry, and then a finish of clove, tobacco, and fresh cut fir. Truly a special bottle for a special meal.