2011 Paul Mathew Pinot Noir
TNT Vineyard

Winemaking Philosophy

I am committed to low input winemaking utilizing uninoculated primary fermentation and malolactic fermentation. Low input winemaking also includes gravity flow movements of wine, minimal acid adjustments, minimal SO2 additions, racking only once in barrel, no fining and no filtering when possible. This process is much slower and more time consuming but produces wine lush on the palate with seamless flavors.

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 slope with 4x4 spacing giving 2,700 vines per acre. The vineyard is located in the Green Valley sub region of Russian River.

Winemaking

Grapes arrived on October 3rd, cold soak and native fermentation lasted 12 days. The wine was pressed to barrel October 15th and completed ML ten weeks later. True to the vintage the alcohol is low at 13.4%. This is my favorite wine of 2011.

Winemaker's Notes

The crop level was lower for TNT at only 3.4 tons per acre, our average there on close spacing is usually 4.5 tons. Super clean bright red fruits and some very nice French oak make this wine very appealing now but should age well into 2020.