Wattle Creek 2007 Pinot Noir

Winemaker notes

Aromas of Roasted Red Plums, dried Cherries dominate this wine with subtle notes of roasted meats and minerality. The flavor delivers what the aroma promises with intense rip plum and dried cherry flavors coupled with notes of Strawberry Rhubarb and toasted oak nuances. The weight is full body with soft ripe tannins that coat the mouth and a nice frame of acidity that supports the wine’s structure.

Vintage & Winemaking

The 2007 vintage is being hailed as one of the best vintages in the last decade and some would argue longer. The winter and spring were very dry and bud break started 2-3 weeks early in some places. With early bud break and the dry season, there was concern about heat stress and water availability for the later months of harvest! As harvest progressed we never saw any significant heat spikes, and the growing season remained cool and consistent. The cool weather contributed to small cluster development with smaller than average berry size across all varieties. This is particularly important for flavor and color in low color varieties such as Pinot Noir! These grapes were allowed to ripen slowly throughout the cool season allowing for a lot of flavor development. This Pinot Noir was harvested in the last few weeks of September. When maximum ripeness was achieved in the vineyard, the fruit was handpicked into small bins early in the morning while the fruit was very cold. It was delivered to the winery cold for processing, where the fruit was de-stemmed but the berries were not crushed. The berries were pumped to open top fermentors and held cold for 5 days. This cold soaking period helps Pinot Noir fix more color into the juice from the skins. After cold soaking, the fruit was allowed to warm up and then fermentation was initiated. The skins were punched down into the wine three times a day during the course of fermentation. After 6-8 days the wine was drained off of its skins and put to French oak barrels. The Pinot Noir aged on lees in barrels for 10 months before being blended and bottled unfiltered.

Appellation

Yorkville Highlands – Mendocino County

Variety/Blend

Pinot Noir  100 %

Vintage

2007

Barrel Maturation

100 % , 35% New French Oak

Oak Maturation

10 months

Alcohol

14.3 %

Harvest dates

9/13/07—9/26/2007

Suggested Retail

$38.00