Part of the Fall 2013 Wine Club shipment for the reduced price of $40. The remainder will be made available to our mailing list and tasting room later this year or in early 2014. It will show as out-of-stock until then.
At Split Rail Vineyard, a rare selection of clones known as “David Bruce Selection” lends a silky texture and floral aromas to the earthy, spicebox base of UCD clone 32 (Roederer). These heritage clones are supported by a core of Pommard clones planted in a cooler block and harvested weeks later in the already long Corralitos growing season. This reserve lot was fermented, cellared and bottled separately from our other lots and shows a richness that we felt deserved to be singled-out. Still delicate and restrained, as tends to be our style with this vineyard, but there is an added depth here on top of the signature strawberry core.
Winemaker Notes: Exudes the same intriguing minerality as the other 2012 Pinot Noir from Split Rail, but there’s a depth and velveteen aspect present here that accentuates the darker aspects of the fruit core. While still made in a lighter, more restrained style, she’s slightly darker than her sister wine. The fruit is still vibrant and fresh – strawberry with dark cherry underpinnings – with earthiness that is still present, though more subdued. There are hints of espresso and caramel underneath. Unfined and unfiltered. This wine is elegant, and will gain complexity and depth with patience. Drink now through 2020.
From the PinotFile: “Moderately light reddish-purple color in the glass. Inviting array of aromas including cherry, cranberry, potpourri, oak spice and cinnamon. A gentle, ethereal styled wine with enough cherry, sassafras and spice to satisfy. There is significant palate presence of oak but it is hard to complain about this polished, well-perfumed offering.”
- Hand harvested at 23.5 brix and fermented 20% whole cluster.
- Aged on the lees 10 months in French oak, 60% new, 40% 1-year-old.
- Coopers: Ambrosia, Ermitage, Francois Freres.
- Yeast: Native, AMH. Only 75 cases produced. pH 3.65.