The Vintage: 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 Dijon 115, 777 and Wadensville clones from Ferrington Vineyards near Boonville in the Anderson Valley Appellation.
Harvest: September 28 and 30, at an average of 24.6° Brix
Fermentation: This wine went through a five to seven day cold soak at 55°F, 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 56% new
coopers include Claude Gillet, Cadus, Rousseau, Francois Freres and Sirugue.
Technical Notes: Alcohol: 14.4 % pH: 3.64 Total Acid: 6.1 g/L
Cases Crafted: Three hundred and forty three cases (sixteen barrels) were bottled without fining on March 22, 2012.
Release Date: October 1, 2012
Winemakers Comments: As is typical with Ferrington Pinot Noir, the aromatics of our 2010 are a show stopper intense red raspberry and Bing cherry with notes of mint, hibiscus tea, cocoa, and caraway. Flavors of sweet plum and pomegranate mingle with hints of cedar and spice box in the mouth. The sweetness of the fruit in the mouth is balanced with bright acidity and a broad rich finish. Ryan Hodgins, Winemaker