2011 Tina Marie Vineyard Pinot Noir
Green Valley of the Russian River
Harvest Dates: September 20th, 26th, 2011
Grape Source: 100% Tina Marie Vineyard
Green Valley AVA of the Russian River Valley
Clonal Blend: 38% 115, 38% 777 and 24% 667
Aging: 10 months in French Oak Barrels
50% new and 50% once used
Yeast: RC212 and Indigenous Yeast
Production: 660 Cases
Release Date: September 2011
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. Although we had a cooler than average summer, the warmth continued into the first half of September, slowly bringing this Pinot into impeccable physiological ripeness.
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: Fresh bing cherries, ripe blueberries and pencil lead define the first aromatics off the 2011 Tina Marie. More floral (violets) and perfume aromas begin to emerge with a peppery spiciness in the background. On the velvety palette juicy pomegranate emerges. White chocolate, licorice and cinnamon is also apparent. There is some fresh acidity on this wine, with slightly softer tannins, suggesting more youthful drinking. The wine should develop nicely over the next 4-5 years (2016-2017).