2011 Paul Mathew Pinot Noir
Russian River 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

Our Russian River Vineyard blend consists of three different vineyards; TnT, Ruxton & Horseshoe Bend of which are all within a five mile area close too Occidental Rd. west of Sebastopol. The TNT vineyard clones 114, 115, 667 and 777 on Riparia Gloire rootstock with Goldridge soil. The Ruxton Vineyard at the highest elevation above the fog lined is planted in Gold Ridge soil to Dijon Clones 667, 777, and 115. Horseshoe Bend Vineyard planted in 1996 in goldridge / Sebastopol series soil from Dijon clone 113.

Winemaking

A blend of our 3 vineyards, gives this wine a lot of character. The qualities of each 3 vineyards show through making this wine complex and early appeal. Less new oak allows the wine to shine earlier than the vineyard designates. Wine was aged for 11 months in oak barrels and bottled on September 13th.

Winemaker's Notes

This is a juicy wine that has great characters from each of the vineyards, raspberry, cherry with some dusty notes. Balanced from start to finish.