2009 Paul Mathew Pinot Noir
Ruxton Vineyard

2009 Paul Mathew Ruxton Vineyard Pinot Noir

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Vineyards

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.

Winemaking

First pinot vineyard to come in for the harvest as usual, Sept.2nd. With a 4 day cold soak and 9 days of fermentation, the wine was pressed off after 13 days of skin contact. The ml was very long and drawn out finishing 4 months later in February. Bottled after 10 months of elevage in the barrel, this is the biggest and boldest Ruxton to date.

Winemaker's Notes

This particular vintage has an intense scent of cinnamon spice with prune and reduced toasty dark fruit notes. The flavor profile shows high toned soft fruits including raspberry, boysenberry with an edgy character.