2012 Tina Marie Vineyard Pinot Noir
Green Valley of the Russian River
Harvest Dates: September 8th and 10th, 2012
Grape Source: 100% Tina Marie Vineyard
Green Valley AVA of the Russian River Valley
Clonal Blend: 50% 115, 27% 667, and 23% 777
Aging: 10 months in French Oak Barrels
50% new and 50% once used
Yeast: RC212 and Indigenous Yeast
Production: 820 Cases
Release Date: September 2013
Winemaker: David Tate
Vineyard Notes: The fruit for this Pinot is sourced from three different blocks from within the Tina Marie Vineyard of Green Valley within the Russian River Valley. The distinctive gold-ridge soil and coastal influence make it ideal for Pinot Noir. In 2012 we’re thankful for the Green Valley fog that maintains cool temperatures in the morning and evening allowing slow even ripening during a warmer year. Clones 667 and 777 came in at the same time on September 8th, where clone 115 needed a couple more days.
Winemaker Notes: All three clones were individually cold soaked for 5 to 6 days in small open top fermenters. Half of the lots were inoculated while the other half kicked off spontaneously, fermented by natural yeast adding another layer of complexity to the blend. Gentle restricted pump overs occurred for an average of 7-9 days. The wine was allowed to sit on its lees for 3 months in barrel and closely monitored for any changes in flavor profile, allowing for more layered complexity in flavor.
Tasting Notes: Beautiful deep ruby in color the 2012 Tina Marie is extremely fragrant. Fresh raspberries and dusty cocoa fill the glass. Blueberry pie, pomegranate concentrate and violets are just as present. The palette is super velvety with more pomegranate and raspberries. There is a touch of minerality on the palette, mainly gravel. Firm tannins, for Pinot Noir, are present, and are balanced with some crisp acidity. This wine will develop beautifully over the next 6-7 years (2019-2020).