2012 Paul Mathew Pinot Noir
Horseshoe Bend

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.


Horseshoe Bend Vineyard is located on Occidental Road and was planted in 1996 in Goldridge / Sebastopol series soil from rootstock 101-14, Dijon clone 113 and cordon pruned. The vineyard is on a south facing, 11% slope, farmed and planted by the owners. The vineyard is at 738 feet elevation keeping it above the fog most of the time.


The grapes came in on October 4th and were destemmed to tank for fermentation. The wine was pressed 12 days later to tank, settled overnight, then put to 9 French oak barrels, 3 new. Malolactic fermentation finished January 15th and sulphites were added. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered with gravity flow to the bottling line September 5, 2013.

Winemaker's Notes

Characteristically lush with deep dark fruit of blackberry with a hint of violet and early grey tea. Silky textures that finish with long dark fruit juice.