2013 PINOT NOIRWine Match Special Selection

retail price: $40.00
club price: n/a
formats: 750mL
released:Jan 1, 2017
date profiled:Aug 18, 2017
region:Northern California
AVA:Bennett Valley
estate fruit:No
single vineyard: No
brix at harvest:24.9°
oak type:100% French  
oak barrels:40% New  
oak aging: 17 Months  
pinot noir 100% Bennett Valley
Winemaker Brett Raven Notes
This is the fifth vintage of Frostwatch Pinot Noir. Our entire two and one-half acres of Pinot Noir are planted to a selection of the Swan Clone. The Swan Clone typically produces small clusters and small berries which has certainly held true in our experience. Furthermore, it is commonly believed that large diurnal temperature fluctuations have a positive correlation with Pinot Noir grape quality. Our vineyard experiences very cool nighttime temperatures throughout the summer. Accordingly, our site is well suited climatologically to the cultivation of Pinot Noir. Generally speaking, the Bennett Valley Appellation is also distinguished by its very long growing season, modest yields relative to other areas and full flavored wines with good na ...more... tural acidity. Winemaking: The grapes were picked at night and sorted, de-stemmed, but not crushed. The grape must was punched down daily and the headspace above the must was gassed with CO2 after each punch down. After 10 days, the must gradually warmed to about 58 degrees F and the indigenous fermentation began. The fermentation temperature was controlled to a maximum of 82 degrees F and was punched down twice daily. About three weeks after harvest, the primary fermentations were done and the must was drained and gently pressed with a hydraulic basket press. The wine was moved to a mixture of new and used French oak barrels. These were stirred and topped weekly as the wine went through an indigenous malolactic fermentation that finished in December and was then SO2’d. The wine was than stirred and topped on a monthly basis until it was racked a few days prior to bottling (unfiltered) on 4/15/15 (about 17 months in oak).
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