2012 PINOT NOIR

100% Pinot Noir
Blair Estate

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WINE DETAILS
retail price: $45.00
club price: n/a
available:Yes
cases:472
formats: 750mL
released:May 4, 2014
date profiled:Jun 12, 2015
region:Central Coast
AVA:Arroyo Seco
vineyards:Delfina's Vineyard
estate fruit:Yes
single vineyard: Yes
brix at harvest:28.0°
alcohol:13.9%
fined:Yes
filtered:Yes
oak type:100% French  
oak barrels:45% New  
oak aging: 10 Months  
 
varietal%AVAclone
pinot noir 50% Arroyo Seco 4
pinot noir 17% Arroyo Seco 777
pinot noir 17% Arroyo Seco 115
pinot noir 16% Arroyo Seco 667
 
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Winemaker Jeffrey Blair Notes
The 2012 growing season was a textbook one in the cool climate, Monterey Bay - influenced Arroyo Seco appellation.. Normal winter rains gave way to average spring and summer temperatures. Warm weather in late September, moderated by our famous winds off the Bay, ripened the fruit for a harvest that lasted through mid October. The "field blend" consisted of Pinot Noir clones 115, 667, 777, and Pommard 4. Whole berry fermentation was started with cultured yeasts in small open top tanks. The cap was manually punched down for optimum extraction and structure with soft tannins. The wine was transferred to a combination of medium and medium-plus toast Francois Frere and Seguin Moreau French oak barrels for malo-lactic fermentation and 10 months ...more... of aging. In the glass, the 2012 Blair Pinot Noir displays a nose of rose petal, anise, and spice combine with bing cherry and strawberry. This spicy fruit tandem carries onto the palate, joined with a light touch of warm, vanillin-oak. Medium acidity and silky tannins give the wine weight in the mouth and carry it to a long finish. An incredibly food-versatile Pinot; try it with roast salmon, duck, lamb, mushroom dishes, or just about anything off the grill.
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