2006 Paul Mathew Pinot Noir
Sonoma Coast

2006 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.

Occidental Road Vineyards was planted in 1996 in Gold Ridge/Sebastopol series soil from rootstock 1-114 with Dijon clone 113 Cordon pruned.

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

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 were 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

This presently young wine exhibits incredible fruits of red plum & cherry with a touch of cinnamon while the palette offers silky textures of elegant red fruits with a hint of orange rind. Will improve well with aging.

Reviews

Pinot Report (9/1/08)
Medium ruby color; delicate cherry, spice and herbal aromas; dusty red cherry, forest floor and orange rind flavors, silky, good structure and balance; long finish. Earthy and a bit herbal, this Pinot needs a little time in the bottle and glass.
Score: 89