Santa Cruz Mountain Pinot Noir 2007
Appellation: Santa Cruz Mountain
Yield: 15 tons per acre average
Clones: 115 and 667
94 cases of 750 ml
Harvest date: October 14th, 2007
Harvest Brix: 25.3
Hand harvested grapes — 100 % destemmed but not crushed. Fermented in T-Bins. Cap manually punched down twice a day during fermentation. Minimal cold soak and 12 days total average cuvaison. Aged an average of 19 months in French oak barrels: 25 % new oak from Tonnellerie Saint Martin. Bottled unfined and unfiltered on June 2nd of 2009. Released in July 2009.
WINEMAKERS TASTING NOTES AND COMMENTSPlush and round, this Pinot Noir from the small Klein Family Vineyard in the Santa Cruz Mountains shows the depth and layers of mountain fruit, as well as the fresh deliciousness of the modern 115 and 667 clones planted in the vineyard. The wine explodes with juicy red and dark cherry flavors laced with the complexity of tea leaf and forest floor. The finish is long, with ultra-fine tannins, and notes of milk chocolate from the careful use of fine French oak from the Saint Martin cooperage.