2012 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 September 28th at 23.3 Brix. Grapes were destemmed to tank and fermented for 14 days. It was pressed to tank, then put to 14 French oak barrels, 5 new. The wine finished malolactic fermentation 9 weeks later and sulphites were added. Aged for 11 months in oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered using gravity flow on September 6, 2013.

Winemaker's Notes

Bolder flavors from this vineyard in 2012. The rich red fruits are pronounced with parentheses of spice, clove and cinnamon. A touch of floral notes with an almost jolly rancher intensity on the finish with a hint of black tea.