2006 Umino Vineyard Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley -
10/19/2006 - 10/21/2006
French Oak, 33% 1&2 year old French Oak
Vineyard & Winemaking
Located a few miles south of Sebastopol, this steep hillside
vineyard is in a cool growing area influenced by the Petaluma Gap
wind and fog. Planted in 1997 and 1998 to four Dijon clones that
complement each other well, the yields are kept low to ensure
intensity and complexity.
The fruit was carefully sorted, destemmed and crushed with high
whole berry content. After cold soaking for 3-5 days, they were
fermented for 6-9 days with the maximum temperature of 86 degrees in
an open top tank and small open top fermentors with the emphasis
being gentle. The malolactic fermentation took place in the barrel.
The wines were racked once, blended and bottled in December of 2007.
Aromas of sweet bing cherry, blackberry and cola are well
integrated with hints of vanilla and toast. In the mouth the wine is
generous, lush, delicate and yet and full. Flavors of cherry, cassis
and spice are wrapped around well oaked, long, lingering finish.