2012 Pinot Noir - Split Rail Vineyard, Corralitos
  • price: 36
  • year: 2012
  • alcohol: 14.1
  • blend: 100% Pinot Noir

2012 Pinot Noir – Split Rail Vineyard, Corralitos

Price: $36.00

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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.

Winemaker Notes: There is an intriguing minerality to this wine under the fruit core. The fruit is vibrant and fresh – strawberry and raspberry – yet there is an underlying earthiness that is unmistakably Pinot Noir.  Very light in color, very nuanced.  An exercise in restraint.  Unfined and only coarsely filtered, it pours a very fine sediment at this young age; as Lalou Bize has said, “Sediment is the food of great Burgundy.”  This wine is vibrant now, but will gain complexity and depth with patience.  Drink now through 2020.

Acclaim:

94 Points, Editor’s Choice – Wine Enthusiast
“I’ve tasted about 700 wines for Wine Enthusiast  from the 2012 vintage… a few early Pinots show the vast promise of the vintage. Sante Arcangeli made a 2012 Split Rail Vineyard, from the Santa Cruz Mountains, that knocked my sox off.”

“With a pale color and mouthwatering acidity, this delicately structured Pinot goes well beyond its immediate flavors of raspberry tea, pomegranates, persimmons, orange peel, exotic spices and oak to offer a Burgundian touch of earth and mushrooms. There’s also a firm, stony minerality on the palate. This gorgeous Pinot was produced in tiny quantities of 300 cases and will drink well over the next six years. Editors’ Choice. —S.H”

-Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast

Winemaking:
Hand harvested 9/21 and 10/7 at 23 – 25 brix and fermented 10% whole cluster.

Aged on the lees 10 months in French (90%) and Hungarian (10%) oak, 50% new and 50% a mix of once and twice-used barrels.  Coopers: Mistral, Ermitage, Francois Freres, Claude Gillet, Seguin Moreau, Rousseau, Taransaud.

Yeast: Native, AMH.

245 cases produced.

pH 3.60.

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