2012 Paul Mathew Pinot Noir
Russian River Valley
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.
Our Russian River Vineyard blend consists of three different vineyards; TnT & Ruxton which are both 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.
A blend of our 2 vineyards, gives this wine a lot of character. The qualities of each vineyard show, making this wine complex with an early appeal. Less new oak allows the wine to shine earlier than the vineyard designates. Wine was aged for 11 months in oak barrels.
This is a juicy vintage that shows lots of fruit character: cherry, raspberry, boysenberry.
Lean and low alcohol lends for a bright fresh character great for food pairing. Drink now or will show for 10 years.