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2017 Pinot Noir

More than any other varietal, Pinot Noir expresses the nuances of site, growing conditions and clonal selection. At Scheid, we grow 20 different Pinot Noir clones on six different vineyards, all located within the cool climate area of Soledad and Greenfield. What do we mean by clone? Grapevines in general, and Pinot Noir vines in particular, are genetically unstable and can mutate slightly over time. Each grape variety, therefore, is made up of many subtypes, called clones. These clones can result in different flavors, intensity, color, etc. Crafting multiple small lots of Pinot Noir wine each vintage allows us to choose the most distinctive barrels and showcase them in our Estate Grown Pinot Noir. Our 2017 just might be one of the most expressive and inviting Estate Pinot Noirs we have ever produced. Everything about this wine screams cold-climate vineyards. The nose is a bouquet of vivid fruit aromas, balanced with delicate rose notes. Flavor highlights include raspberries, spice and subtle oak throughout the lingering finish.

 
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Vineyard
Pinot Noir is thought to be the oldest cultivated variety of the genus Vitis, with records showing it was grown by the Romans in the 1st century AD in the Burgundy region of France. At Scheid, we grow Pinot Noir exclusively within the cool climate areas of Soledad and Greenfield, locales that are comparable to Burgundy and present ideal growing conditions for Pinot Noir.
Winemaking
The grapes were handpicked at optimum ripeness then destemmed into small fermentation bins and allowed to cold soak at 50°F for two days. Cold soaks are used to help stabilize color and enhance flavor. The juice was then whole berry fermented to enhance varietal character, with select yeast geared towards the Pinot Noir grape, punched down twice a day at the height of fermentation, and left on the skins for two weeks before pressing. The must was drained and then pressed to stainless steel tanks. After settling the heavy solids, the juice was racked clean to barrels for secondary fermentation and aged in 100% French oak barrels.
Varietal Composition
100% Pinot Noir
Vineyard
56% Riverview, 44% Viento
Harvest Date
September 8 – October 5, 2017
Harvest Brix
25.1° – 27.0°
Appellation
Monterey
Alcohol %
14.1
pH
3.49
Aging
10 months in 100% French oak
Cases Produced
576
Bottling Date
August 14, 2018