2006 Paul Mathew Pinot Noir
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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 aged on the lees for ten months.
The wine was carefully racked and bottled.
Characteristics of dark cherry and sandalwood appear upfront while a full mouth feel continues that include ripe red cherry, purple plum with a hint of vanilla.
Wine Spectator (June 2008)
Rich, with generous ripe currant, black cherry and blackberry fruit that fans out nicely, picking up anise,
hazelnut and mineral notes that gain body and depth on the finish. Drink now through 2011. -J.L.