2012 Savoy Vineyard Pinot Noir
Harvest Date: September 27h and October 3rd 2012
Grape Source: Savoy Vineyard
Clonal Blend: 100% Pinot Noir
4 Clones: (27% Martini 13, 28% Dijon 777, 25% 115, 20% Pommard 4)
Aging: 10 months in French Oak Barrels
50% new and 50% once used
Production: 545 cases
Release Date: December 2013
Winemaker: David Tate
Vineyard Notes: The Savoy Vineyard is located in the Mendocino County AVA of Anderson Valley and is about 15 miles from the Pacific coast. The days often start out foggy and cool though warm up into the low 100s during the peak of the growing season. The influence of this coastal fog and the silty-clay alluvium allow slow ripening and therefore a longer flavor development period. In 2012 we were very thankful for the fog. It allowed cooler nights and mornings, which moderated ripening allowing a longer hang time for flavor development.
Winemaker Notes: This hand-picked and sorted Pinot Noir was cold soaked for 5-6 days with dry ice in small open top fermenters and punched down twice daily. Half of the Malolactic fermentations were completed through indigenous cultures. The wine was aged in 50% new French oak. The individual clones were racked and blended before bottling.
Tasting Notes: This dark ruby Pinot is layered in complexity. Fresh concentrated black cherry is matched by red currant. Jasmine, cinnamon, vanilla and licorice complement the fruit. Soft lushness starts the palette off; continuing is more vivacious red fruit as well as pepper spice and pencil lead. The tannins are structured this year, with moderate acid. This complex wine will only develop more layers over the next 7-8 years (2020-2021)