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Monterey Old Vines Pinot Noir 2009
Rio San Lucas Vineyard


VINEYARD

Appellation: Monterey
Fine river silt mixed with sand and gravel
Vine age: 35 years old

PRODUCTION
99 cases of 750 ml

HARVEST
Harvest date: late September 2009

WINEMAKING
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 2012. Released November, 2014.

WINEMAKERS TASTING NOTES AND COMMENTS
Like a mouthful of cherry pie, this jammy old-vine Pinot Noir is redolent of ripe Bing cherries, with brown sugar and graham cracker notes from judicious new French oak barrel aging (Rousseau “Allegro”). Offering immediate pleasure, the wine is plump, and juicy, yet with a complex earthy spiciness: a result of sustainably farmed, balanced older vines rooted deep into the silt, sand and gravel soils of the Salinas River Valley of Monterey.