Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2005

VINEYARD
Appellation: Sonoma Coast, Sonoma
Yield: 2.8 tons per acre average
Vine: 12 years average, alluvial sandy clay loan, irrigated
Clones: 667, Swan, 115

HARVEST
Harvest date: 3 lots picked Sept. 23rd and Oct. 6th, 2005
Harvest Brix: 26 average

WINEMAKING
Hand harvested grapes — 100 % destemmed. Fermented in small open top stainless steel fermenters and T-Bins ● Cap manually punched down twice a day during fermentation ● 5 days cold soak and 18 days total cuvaison average ● Aged an average of 17 months in French oak barrels ● 30 % new oak from Tonnelleries Rousseau, Remond and Taransaud. Bottled unfined and unfiltered on Feb. 28th, 2007 ● Bottle aged 6 months ● Released in August 2007
WINEMAKERS TASTING NOTES AND COMMENTS
We have sourced three distinct vineyards in 2005 for our Sonoma Coast blend: the various picking dates and clones from these vineyards located in Sebastopol, Freestone and Carneros added richness and layers of complexity to our “assemblage”. An extended cool and unusually wet spring set the stage for the late harvest. A long, temperate growing season followed, allowing for slow, full and even ripening of the fruit. Harvest began later than usual, especially the Carneros lot of Sonoma Coast where lower night-time temperatures necessitated longer hang time. In spite of its mid palate weight and intensity, the wine shows red cherry freshness and good acidity. Oriental spices and white pepper in the nose give way to fine grain tannins and creamy texture.The wine is still young now but yet very approachable.
Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2005
PRODUCTION
100 Cases of 750 ml «
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