|Wine Type:||Red Wine|
|Harvest Date:||September 15 and 17, 2010|
|Fermentation:||Cold soaked for eight days and fermented with indigenous yeast for more than two weeks|
|Bottling Date:||February 16, 2012|
This low-yielding vintage provided the raw materials to produce a truly outstanding Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Aromas are clearly dominated by bright red fruit tones of Bing cherry and red raspberry, while black fruits dominate on the palate. The bright aromas expand and give way to candied orange peel and peppermint spice notes. Tannins are beautifully proportioned and provide backbone to the wine’s sweet middle and delicate, earthy finish.
The 2010 growing season can best be described as a roller coaster ride. Abundant rains in the winter of 2009 and spring 2010 broke a three-year drought and replenished groundwater for the season. Spring and summer in the Russian River Valley were persistently foggy and cold, resulting in only a handful of days over 90°F. Two heat spikes in particular (~104 and 109 degrees respectively) caused havoc for thin skinned varietals like Chardonnay and Zinfandel. But overall, the growing season was colder than usual and pushed harvest back nearly a month. The vines produced miniscule yields— but the small crop gave us exceptional fruit with crisp acidity and intense flavors that made for a really superb 2010 vintage.
The second release of our Russian River Pinot Noir is a blend of vineyards in the Russian River Valley, but predominately made up of fruit from our Martaella Estate Vineyard. Harvested at night or early morning, the fruit was rigorously hand sorted prior to destemming, and then berry selected before open top fermentation. During this cold soak and throughout fermentation, the grapes were gently punched down by hand to aid in the extraction of color and flavor, while minimizing the extraction of hard or ‘unripe’ tannins from the seeds or stems.