Selection 91, Estate Vineyard
Mature, smooth tannins create a soft, velvety texture, while sweet oak notes add breadth and dimension. This is a powerful Pinot Noir, yet well balanced, and true to its Los Carneros roots.
250 Cases Produced
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Technical Data: TA: 6.3 g/L; PH: 3.63
Cooperage: 12 Months in 100% Frech Oak Barrels (40% New) Followed by 6 Months in 100% Neutral Oak
The grapes for this wine were hand harvested at night, and promptly brought over to the winery. About 40% of the overall grapes were fermented "whole cluster"; meaning that in some lots, about 40% of the grapes were put into the fermenters with the rachis. This technique imparts more structure to the mid palate. The remaining lots were de-stemmed, but not crushed, leaving whole berries.
The grapes were placed in two different vessels - open top fermenters (60%) and 500-liter French oak puncheons (40%) - where they were cold soaked for three days, and then fermented, with native yeast. That means that no commercial yeast was added to any of the lots. Fermentation, in the puncheons, lasted on average 25 days and the slow extraction of oak enhanced the body of the finished wine and added depth. In the open top fermenters, grapes fermented for 18 days. The wine was aged on lees, in 40% new French oak barrels, for 12 months, and was never racked until blended.
In the last 6 years we took on the project of replanting our Estate Vineyard. And in 2017 this original block saw its last harvest. We replanted it with the same clone, and while we (patiently!) wait for it to bear fruit again, the winemaking team agreed that there are other premium sites of Martini Clone on the property, worth being bottled on their own. And so "Selection 91" was created.
We selected 2 hillside vineyard blocks, that produce fruit with unique intensity and structure. The soils (Bressa-Dibble) are light textured silt loam, with high drainage capacity. The combination of the terroir, Martini clone, and meticulous farming result in a Pinot Noir that has the unique dichotomy of power and grace at the same time.
Harvest again kicked into full swing in early September and was completed on October 20, about two weeks later than last year. The combination of a perfect growing season and a long harvest allowed for the fruit to demonstrate clean, mature flavors with wonderful balance and acidity. The 2018 wines will show elegantly yet with concentrated flavors that possess so much finesse for years to come.