Momtazi Vineyard Pinot Noir 2008
Appellation: McMinnville AVA
Yield: 2.2 tons per acre average
Biodynamic and sustainable farming
150 cases of 750 ml
Harvest date: October 14th 2009
Harvest Brix: 22.4
100 % destemmed (no crushing) directly to tank. Fermented in 2 ton open top fermenter. Cap manually punched down twice a day during fermentation. Minimal cold soak and 14 days total on skins. Aged 18 months in French oak barrels: 35 % new oak from Tonnellerie Rousseau (Video barrels) and Tonnellerie Saint Martin.
Bottled on March 29th 2010.
WINEMAKERS TASTING NOTES AND COMMENTSOur 2008 Momtazi Vineyard Pinot Noir shows remarkably pure and delineated red fruit, with layers of candied red cherry and fresh raspberry, with hints of pomegranate. By no means simple, however, all this lifted fruit is underpinned by complex notes of tea-leaf, confectionary orange peel, and clean, wet brick. In a phrase: lollypop and loam! The wine's bright acidity and slightly firm tannins make it mouth-wateringly attractive now, and promise excellent future pleasure as well. It will match wonderfully with pork and richer preparations of chicken and salmon. Enjoy!