Michaud Vineyard 2005 Pinot noir Chalone Appellation

Release Date: March 2009 Case Production: 630

Five clonal selections of Pinot noir from Dijon add vivid clear fruit flavors and a round suppleness to the complex, dark fruit, wild and spicy character of the heritage clones grown in the Chalone  appellation since 1946 & 1970-72. This wine has elegance, concentration and depth of flavor with balanced acidity and tannin. Complex flavors suggest ripe blackberry, currant and cherry flavors, complimented by subtle hints of herbs and spices. The mineral-like terroir of the Chalone  appellation is expressed by the wine.

This wine is enjoyable now or may be cellared to acquire additional development over time.
This Pinot noir may be served with your favorite full flavored fish such as ahi, salmon, steel head, fowl – chicken, duck, goose, pheasant or quail and most meats: prime rib, steak,
pork roast, lamb, venison, elk or wild boar.

Varietal Composition

100% Pinot noir

Barrel Aging

15 months
25 barrels were produced
French Oak: Siruge, Remond, Bel Air
3-year air-dried extra tight grain wood, mostly
Allier
50% new barrels
50% 1-3 yr old barrels

Optimum Time for Consumption

2009 – 2019+

Production Statistics

Harvest Date: 9/22-27/05
Grape Acidity: 6.6 g/L
Grape pH: 3.64
Sugar at Harvest:  23.8° Brix
Bottling Date: 01/30/07
Wine Acidity: 6.5 g/L
Wine pH: 3.48
Wine Alcohol: 13.7%