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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.
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.
Bright cherry notes start off this wine, with touches of cola, cassis and raspberry. High tone fruit abounds on the front palate and smooth tannins and a racy acidity finish it off. This wine can lay down for the long haul, while being almost impossible to resist right now.
Vineyard: Bacigalupi Vineyards
Appellation: Russian River Valley
Cases Produced: 95
Aging: 11 months in barrel
Cooperage: 40% new oak
Harvest TA: 6.2 g/L
Harvest pH: 3.49
Harvest Date: August 21, 2015
Brix at Harvest: 25.7
Varietal Composition: 100% Wente Clone Pinot Noir