2003 Paul Mathew Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley

2003 Paul Mathew Pinot Noir

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Vineyards

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.

Carl Myers Vineyard was planted in 2000 with Dijon clones 114, 115, 667, 777. This four by four spaced vineyard is northwest facing and is located on Taylor Lane, west of Occidental. Taylor lane is one of the premium growing areas on the Sonoma Coast less than 4 miles from the Pacific Ocean. This vineyard produces wines of great concentration, balance, and finesse. Bright red fruits are showcased with a rich texture and long lingering finish.

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 were 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 and the lees stirred once a month. The wine was carefully racked and bottled after 11 months in the barrel.

Winemaker's Notes

The wine has a brilliant ruby color and enticing aromas of anise, cinnamon, dried roses, mushrooms, BBQ sauce, raspberry, vanilla, graham cracker and caramel. It is medium bodied with flavors of vanilla, raspberry, dark cherry, watermelon, rhubarb, mulberry, plum and caramelized sugar. A long smooth and creamy finish leaves the taste of rich dark cherry, strawberry, and dried roses lingering on the palate.