2004 Paul Mathew Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast

2004 Paul Mathew Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

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Vineyards

Dutton-Thomas Road Vineyard was planted in 1995 to Dijon 115 on 101-14 rootstock. This vineyard is on an east-facing slope with many large rocks in Sebastopol series loam soil. The vineyard produces wines with dark color, firm tannins and grape and cocoa flavors.

Carl Myers Vineyard was planted in 2000 with Dijon clones 114, 115, 667, 777. This four by four spaced vineyard is northwest facing and is located on Taylor Lane, west of Occidental. Taylor lane is one of the premium growing areas on the Sonoma Coast less than 4 miles from the Pacific Ocean. This vineyard produces wines of great concentration, balance, and finesse. Bright red fruits are showcased with a rich texture and long lingering finish.

Winemaking

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.

Winemaker's Notes

The wine has a bright cherry red color and enticing aromas of cardamom, cinnamon, raspberry, strawberry, vanilla, white pepper and caramel. It is medium bodied with flavors of raspberry cream soda, dark cherry, red plum, red licorice, "red hots" spiciness and caramelized sugar. A long smooth and creamy finish leaves the taste of juicy watermelon, strawberry, and vanilla lingering on the palate.