2011 Paul Mathew
Knight's Valley Turner Vineyard Valdiguie
Availability: Released May 2012.
Price per Bottle: $20.00
I am committed to low input winemaking utilizing uninoculated primary fermentation and
malolactic fermentation. Low input winemakeing 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.
This vineyard is probably the oldest Valdiguie ( Napa Gamay ) vineyard planted in a premium appellation in California.
By all rights it should have been ripped out years ago and planted to Cabernet Sauvignon which would be much more profitable
for the owners. I am very thankful that hasn’t happened. This two acre vineyard is located in Knight’s Valley, just across
the Sonoma county line north of Calistoga The vineyard is now approximately 60+ years old and produces about 2 tons per acre.
The vines are head pruned and dry farmed.
The grapes were picked October 28th & 29th 2011. 100% carbonic maceration with 100% whole cluster and 100% ML.
It was aged in neutral oak for four months, sterile filtered and bottled.
A softer grapey character with characters of strawberry banana and jamminess.
Low tannins with a long juicy finish. Great for a picnic.