2005 Paul Mathew Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast

2005 Paul Mathew Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir

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Vineyards

The TNT 2 acre vineyard was planted in 1999 and 2000 with clones 114, 115, 667 and 777 on Riparia Gloire rootstock with Goldridge soil. This vineyard is on a south-facing slight slope in between the towns of Sebastopol & Occidental in the Green Valley sub region of Russian River.

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 10 months in the barrel.

Winemaker's Notes

The wine has a fresh strawberry short cake character with a hint of orange rind, banana, and a touch of white pepper profile of integrated fruit flavors that will develop amazingly in the next 6 months. A definite lighter body and color profile although a brightness of fresh juice.

Reviews

Pinot Report (6/15/07)
Medium ruby color; cherry, spice, delicate aromas; complex, spicy, red cherry flavors, nice touch of forest floor; delicate and silky; great structure and balance; long finish. Delicate and silky, this Pinot packs a lot of complexity into a seemingly lighter framework.
Score: 92