2002 Paul Mathew Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley

2002 Paul Mathew Pinot Noir

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Vineyards

Dutton-Widdoes Vineyard was planted in 1990 and is 100% Beringer clone of Pinot Noir. This vineyard is on a gradual slope facing east on Sebastopol series soil. The vineyard produces wines with a deep core of cherry and raspberry fruit.

Dutton-Thomas Road Vineyard was planted in 1995 to Dijon 115 on 101-14 rootstock. This vineyard is on an east-facing slope with many large rocks in Sebastopol series loam soil. The vineyard produces wines with dark color, firm tannins and grape and cocoa flavors.

Mat Keller Vineyard was planted in 2000 and is equal parts of Dijon 114, 115, 667, 777. This vineyard is east facing on Gold Ridge soil and is close spaced four feet by four feet. This was the first crop for the vineyard and showed flavors of spicy dark cherry and raspberry with great concentration.

Winemaking

Grapes were hand picked and sorted then destemmed into one-ton bins. The must was cold soaked for five days and then allowed to warm up and start fermentation. The bins are punched down four times daily until the wine was dry. Then the wine was pressed off into barrel and was allowed to go through Malolactic fermentation. It was then lightly sulphured (15ppm free) and the lees stirred once a month. The wine was carefully racked and bottled unfiltered after 14 months in the barrel.

Winemaker's Notes

An early warm spring lead to moderate temperatures through the summer with even ripening of the grapes. The wine has a brilliant ruby color and enticing aromas of toasty raspberry, vanilla, black cherry and cinnamon. It is medium bodied with flavors of vanilla, raspberry, red fruits and spice. A long smooth and creamy finish leaves the taste of raspberry lingering on the palate.