2012 PINOT NOIRWine Match Special Selection

100% Pinot Noir
Dolin Estate

retail price: $45.00
club price: n/a
formats: 750mL
released:Sep 15, 2014
date profiled:Aug 5, 2015
region:Central Coast
AVA:Santa Maria Valley
vineyards:Bien Nacido Vineyard
estate fruit:No
single vineyard: Yes
brix at harvest:23.1°
oak type:100% French  
oak barrels:30% New  
oak aging: 20 Months  
pinot noir 100% Santa Maria Valley
Winemaker Kirby Anderson Notes
Fruit for the 2012 Dolin Bien Nacido Pinot Noir comes from Block 31 of Bien Nacido Vineyard, which dates back to 1837. The vineyard lies in the funnel-shaped Santa Maria Valley AVA, which opens west to the Pacific Ocean. This ideal location provides morning fog cover and cool breezes in the afternoon—perfect for growing Pinot Noir with fully developed flavors and fresh acidity. Grapes at Bien Nacido enjoy a long growing season, resulting in rich, concentrated flavors. The soils consist of chalk, sand and marine loam, providing excellent drainage for growing Pinot Noir grapes with complex flavors. The 2012 Pinot Noir growing season in Santa Maria Valley was ideal for both quality and abundance. The lack of rain, frost and storms in the ...more... spring allowed for ideal fruit set and resulted in slightly higher yields. Summer was mild with warm, sunny days and cool evenings. The warmer temperatures in August helped achieve phenolic ripeness. Following harvest the grapes were de-stemmed and then underwent a five-day cold soak. Fermentation took place in 1.3-ton fermentation tanks with twice-daily punch downs. Following the conclusion of primary fermentation, the wine settled for 36 hours and was pressed clean to medium-toast French oak barrels (30% new) where it aged for 20 months. The Bien Nacido Pinot Noir bursts with vibrant red raspberry and cherry, with nuances of earth and licorice. The fruit carries over throughout the palate, with cooked strawberry, berry jam and notes of licorice and vanilla. The wine is full in body, coating the palate and lingering through a long fulfilling finish.
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