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2007 Pinot Noir Reserve
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2007 Pinot Noir Reserve

More than any other varietal, Pinot Noir is an expression of terroir. Terroir is a word thrown about in the wine world meaning the unique characteristics of a particular locale – the taste of the place. And no other varietal reflects its sense of place more than the temperamental Pinot Noir grape. It’s a fascinating wine that, as Miles in the movie Sideways rhapsodized, has flavors that are “the most haunting and brilliant and thrilling and subtle and ancient on the planet.” Our 2007 Reserve combines fruit from four of our Pinot-heaven vineyards to create a wine that is greater than the sum of its parts. The fifteen barrels that comprise the final blend were specially-selected and hotly-debated. The result is an elegant and complex wine that is silky in texture and dramatic in flavor. With a beautiful garnet hue in its maturity, flavors of red cherry and strawberry meld together with earth and truffle to present a remarkably intriguing and sophisticated wine that demonstrates all the magic cellar aging can produce. 

 
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Vineyard
The cool temperatures of Monterey County present ideal growing conditions for Pinot Noir. Our 2007 vintage was crafted from four vineyards. Riverview is our northernmost site, nestled on a bench overlooking the Salinas River. Viento, Scheid and Mesa del Rio are Greenfield-area vineyards where the dependable winds come howling down the vineyard corridor every afternoon about 2 p.m. These conditions translate into a longer-than-average growing season, resulting in intense fruit flavors, excellent varietal character and a high level of extraction.
Winemaking
We picked our delicate Pinot Noir grapes by hand at optimum ripeness. Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were destemmed, but not crushed, into small fermentation bins and allowed to cold soak for 2 – 3 days. Cold soaks are used to help stabilize color and enhance flavor. The juice was then fermented in small lots in open top fermenters and punched down 3 times a day at the height of fermentation, then held on the skins for 2 – 3 weeks before pressing. The must was drained, pressed to stainless steel tanks and, after settling the heavy solids, the juice was racked clean to barrels for secondary fermentation and storage. Aged for 20 months in 44% new oak comprised of entirely French cooperage, the wine was bottled then laid down for an additional 12 months prior to release.
Varietal Composition
100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard
50% Riverview, 30% Viento, 20% Scheid
Harvest Date
September 20 - October 9, 2007
Harvest Brix
24.0° - 25.1°
Appellation
Monterey
Alcohol %
13.5
pH
3.58
Aging
20 months in 100% French oak barrels
Cases Produced
390
Bottling Date
June 10, 2009