2006 Paul Mathew Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley
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The TNT 2 acre vineyard was planted in 1999 and 2000 with clones 114, 115, 667 and 777 on Riparia Gloire rootstock with Goldridge soil.
This vineyard is on a south-facing slight slope in between the towns of Sebastopol & Occidental in the Green Valley sub region of Russian River.
The Ruxton Vineyard is located at the western edge of the Green Valley Appellation overlooking the Santa Rosa Plain with the Mayacama Mountains as a back drop.
This east facing vineyard gets plenty of sun with it's elevation on the ridge line, usually above the fog.
The Gold Ridge soil and moderate slope keep yields down and quality up.
Dijon Clones 667, 777, and 115 are planted in this two acre block.
The wines from this vineyard have black fruits, baking spices, and mushroom earthiness, with rich texture.
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 and the lees stirred once a month.
The wine was carefully racked and bottled after 11 months in the barrel.
This wine is a balance of red plum, red cherry & nutmeg with a touch of anise on the nose followed up with similar fruit on the palette with lush silky textures and a long finish.
Pinot Report (9/1/08)
Medium ruby color; ripe red cherry and spice aromas; rich, red cherry and spice flavors, bright, sweet oak, good structure and balance; long finish.
Ripe and spicy, this is a very nice medium bodied Pinot with fruit drawn from two Western Sonoma County vineyards: the TnT Vineyard and the Ruxton Vineyard.