Fall ReleaseEstate Vineyard Pinot Noir
2010

Winemaker’s Notes

This is the fourth release from our tightly-planted Estate property and it builds strongly upon the quality we’ve seen so far from this young vineyard. You don’t have to hunt out the quality in this bottling – it makes a strong statement immediately on opening. It’s a bold, strident wine that’s beautifully integrated, complex and complete with zero excess weight or blowsy texture – just continually structured power, intensity and focus. There’s a prominent thread of vitality and energy running through the wine from fist sniff to lingering aftertaste. Right now it’s all about fruit purity and vertical cascading flavors as opposed to broad horizontal richness – but this will come with aging. It’s a sophisticated expression of a unique vineyard and clearly one of the wines of the vintage.

Brilliant deep rose color. Penetrating floral, fruit and herbal aromas: black cherry and raspberry, fresh herbs, fragrant flowers, toffee and cocoa powder. Great vineyard purity with tightly entwined aromas and flavors. Dark fruits, earth, fresher blueberry, orange zest, a hint of black olive. Structured back end with lifting acidity and youthful tannins. Drink between 2013 and 2022.

Andy Smith

Vineyard

Harvest Date

September 25-30th

Appellation

Russian River Valley

Clones

Calera, Swan, Pommard, 667 and 777

Age of Vines at Harvest

14 years

Barrel Aging

Native yeast and malolactic fermentations then aged 14 months in French oak barrels, 55% new

Production

787 cases of 750mL
26 cases of 1.5L
22 bottles of 3L

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