For the Anderson Valley, 2010 was a splendid vintage. While atypical weather patterns resulted in an extraordinarily cool summer for much of the North Coast, the high ridges surrounding Anderson Valley provided protection from the extended summer fog. A cool and wet May gave way to a warm, but not-too-hot June and July. Veraison first appeared in Pinot Noir in mid-August signaling a late harvest. Late harvests in Anderson Valley can be tremendously rewarding. When our vines complete their final stages of ripening in October, we are treated to an incredible intensity of flavor in the glass. We were fortunate to complete our last pick of Pinot Noir on October 20th, before record setting rains began to fall. Our 2010 wines are a beautiful balance of concentration and elegance; they may well prove to be our finest wines yet.
Vineyards: A blend of Pommard and Stang clones from Donnelly Creek Vineyard near Boonville in the Anderson Valley Appellation.
Harvest: October 7 and 11, at an average of 24.4° Brix
Fermentation: This wine went through a five to seven day cold soak at 55°F, a nine day uninoculated primary fermentation at 88-94°F, followed by three to seven day extended maceration.
Aging: Aged eighteen months in 60 gallon French oak barrels 69% new
coopers include Claude Gillet, Cadus, Rousseau, Francois Freres and Sirugue.
Technical Notes: Alcohol: 14.3 % pH: 3.81 Total Acid: 5.8 g/L
Cases Crafted: Three hundred and fifteen cases (thirteen barrels) were bottled without fining on March 22, 2012.
Release Date: October 1, 2012
Winemakers Comments: A terraced block of Pommard Clone in Donnelly Creek Vineyard is the core of our 2010 Pinot Noir. The fruit from the terraces provides power and structure to this richly styled Pinot. Aromas of black cherry, cola, and lavender give way to subtle hints of black licorice and toffee in the glass. The palate is dense and long, with flavors of black cherry and plum supported by rich tannins and a weighty finish. Ryan Hodgins, Winemaker