2018 Reserve Pinot Noir

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2018 Reserve Pinot Noir
2018 Reserve Pinot Noir
Tasting notes

This Pinot Noir is a classic reflection of its Santa Maria Valley roots with elegant aromas of ripe raspberry, wild strawberry and spiced apple highlighted by hints of toasted almond and dark chocolate. The palate features flavors of mixed berries with notes of herbes de Provence and cinnamon stick. The texture is silky and complex with smooth tannins and a long, opulent finish

Production notes

Pinot Noir grapes were hand harvested into half-ton bins and crushed into a temperature-controlled tank. Following a two-day cold soak at 58 degrees, which promoted enhanced extraction of color, aroma and flavor, the lot was inoculated with Assmanshausen yeast to initiate the cool primary fermentation. The fermenting juice was pumped over three to four times daily during the peak of fermentation, then once daily until dry, about three weeks. After pressing, the wine was transferred to a combination of one-third new French oak barrels, one-third one-year-old barrels and one-third twoyear-old barrels where it underwent malo-lactic fermentation and aged for 16 months. 

Other notes

Adequate rainfall over the winter months led to a normal budbreak in spring. Good moisture in the soil spurred healthy vine growth and ideal yields. Temperatures throughout the summer and fall were in normal ranges, leading to a long growing season and excellent hang time for the fruit to ripen. 

VarietalPinot Noir
Varietal Composition100% Pinot Noir
AppellationSanta Maria Valley
VineyardGarey Vineyard
Harvest Date09/29/2018
Aging16 months
FermentationOak Aged
Wine StyleRed Wine
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date03/30/2020
Cases Produced228
Country of OriginUNITED STATES
State of OriginCalifornia
Sparkling WineNo

The Garey Vineyard lies in the heart of the Santa Maria Valley on a bench above the small town of Garey. The terroir is one of gently rolling slopes with sandy loam soils. The coastal fog influence and the cool afternoon breezes are the perfect climate for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The vineyard was planted in 1998 by the Robert Mondavi Winery and is also SIP (sustainability in practice) certified. The clones for this wine are Dijon clones 667 and 115. 

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