|Harvest Date:||September 29th and October 1st, 2010|
|Aging:||Aged 16 months in French oak, 42% new|
This flagship wine from our oldest estate vineyard produced a painfully low yield in 2010 of 0.92 tons-per-acre. A medium ruby color is followed by gorgeously intense aromas of spring flowers, Queen Anne cherries with graphite and mineral notes. Year after year this site has a hallmark of an ethereally-floral aromatic quality, with sensual texture and an impressive length.
To describe the 2010 growing I season I like to use the analogy of riding a roller coaster. Abundant rains in the winter 2009 and spring 2010 broke a three year drought and replenished groundwater for the season. Spring and summer along the Sonoma Coast was persistently foggy and cold, resulting in only a handful of days over 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The cold growing season pushed harvest back nearly one month and produced miniscule yields. The small, but exceptional, crop we harvested produced grapes with crisp acidity, and intense flavors.
Planted in 1970, this spectacular Pinot Noir Vineyard would be considered old by California standards. Planted to a massale selection of Pinot Noir (likely Martini 13 and Pommard) our vineyard outdates most other plantings in the Russian River Valley by 20 years. We dry-farm these gnarled vines to produce small and compact clusters with yields of around 1 ton per acre. Harvested at night, the fruit was rigorously hand sorted prior to destemming and then berry selected before open top fermentation.