Monterey Old Vines Pinot Noir 2008
Rio San Lucas Vineyard
Fine river silt mixed with sand and gravel
Vine age: 35 years old
99 cases of 750 ml
Harvest date: 21st of September 2008
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 28 days total average cuvaison. Aged an average of 30 months in French oak barrels: 25% new oak from Tonnellerie Rousseau (Allegro barrel). Bottled unfined and unfiltered in July 2011. Released February 2012.
WINEMAKERS TASTING NOTES AND COMMENTSLike a mouthful of cherry pie, this jammy old-vine Pinot Noir is redolent of ripe Bing cherries, with brown sugar and pie-crust notes from judicious new French oak barrel age (Rousseau “Allegro”). Offering immediate pleasure, the wine is plump, juicy and soft, yet remarkably complex: a result of sustainably farmed, balanced older vines rooted deep into the silt, sand and gravel soils of the Salinas River Valley of Monterey.