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2015 was a very dry year here in Sonoma County. Because the water levels were so low, the crop was very small, with tiny clusters and concentrated flavors.
The Pinot Noir is a blend of Pommard and Wente clones from our Goddard and Frost Ranches. We harvested the grapes for our Pinot Noir in the middle of the night in late August. The ice cold grapes were hand sorted in the vineyard then destemmed and left whole berry to go into the tank. The must was gently hand punched down once per day for each of its five days of cold soak and then gently warmed up so a wild fermentation could start. During the peak of fermentation, the must was hand punched down up to three times per day. The finished wine was drained off the skins directly to barrel after 14 days of cold soak and fermentation. The lees were stirred in the barrels every week during malolactic fermentation, and every other week post-malolactic fermentation. This wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Juicy notes of raspberry preserves, roasted fig and a hint of violets linger on the nose. The palate is warm and bright with fresh strawberry notes, hints of cassis and a touch of earthy sandalwood. The mid-palate has soft and luscious tannins and a delicate acidity finishes it off. This wine is drinking beautifully now but has enough structure to hold on for cellaring.
Vineyard: Bacigalupi Vineyards
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Cases Produced: 212
Aging: 11 months in barrel
Cooperage: 40% new oak
Harvest TA: 5.7
Harvest pH: 3.71
Harvest Date: August 21, 2015 and August 27, 2015
Brix at Harvest: 25.7 and 26.0
Varietal Composition: 57% Wente Clone, 43% Pommard Clone Pinot Noir