|Wine Type:||Red Wine|
|Harvest Date:||October 16th, 2010|
|Aging:||Aged 16 months in French oak, 33% new|
|Fermentation:||Cold soaked for eight days, with indigenous yeast fermentation lasting almost two weeks|
|Bottling Date:||March 11, 2012|
This alluring and hedonistic wine has amazing extract and purity of fruit focus. Vibrant fruit aromas of wild strawberry, cranberry and raspberry soufflé harmonize with floral and East-Indian spice notes. Heady aromas lead into equally vibrant flavors of Bing cherry, black raspberry and white pepper. On the palate the wine’s juicy mouthfeel is supported by centered acidity building with fruit through the mid-palate to the fine grain tannins on the finish.
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.
Located north of Philo (in the Anderson Valley), Rich Savoy has been farming Pinot Noir from this vineyard in the Anderson Valley for over 20 years. We vinify 5 clones of Pinot Noir (Calera, Dijon 113,115, Martini 13 and Pommard) separately and select only the best barrels for our single vineyard wine. This wine offers dark and complex blackberry, mineral and orange peel notes and tends to have more red fruits than the Russian River or Sonoma Coast wines. This single-vineyard bottling will evolve slowly and will offer great reward with 6-8 years of patience.