2012 Paul Mathew Pinot Noir
Bohemian Vineyard

Winemaking Philosophy

I am committed to low input winemaking utilizing uninoculated primary fermentation and malolactic fermentation. Low input winemaking also includes gravity flow movements of wine, minimal acid adjustments, minimal SO2 additions, racking only once in barrel, no fining and no filtering when possible. This process is much slower and more time consuming but produces wine lush on the palate with seamless flavors.

Vineyards

This 7 acre vineyard was planted in 1998 to Dijon clones. Located in Freestone the vineyard is facing the southwest on a 3 degree slope. The soil is sandy loam, Blucher/Goldridge serris and sits at 260 feet elevation. This is always our last Pinot vineyard to be picked, usually in late October.

Winemaking

The Vineyard was picked on October 21st, just hours ahead of the rain. The fermentation lasted for 14 days using Native yeast from the vineyard. The malolactic fermentation did not complete until January 15th at which time sulphites were added. The wine aged in French oak barrels for 10 months, 2 new barrels and one new half barrel for a total of 8 ½ barrels. It was bottled unfiltered using gravity flow to the bottling line.

Winemaker's Notes

This light colored wine has amazing richness for a wine of only 12.8% alcohol. Layers of red fruits of huckleberry, pomegranate and bing cherry with subtle spice make for a complex wine with great aromatics. Finishes with satsuma, spice and berries.