The 2008 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir
The 2008 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir represents a subtle and more refined approach to pinot noir. It presents a nose of cranberries and other red fruit with a smooth structure and just a hint of oak. The 2008 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir is an ideal pair for anything from Perfect Salmon to Pinot Pocket Chicken.
The grapes for this wine were hand-harvested on October 2, 2008. We hand-sorted the grapes on October 3, 2008 (see video). After a 5-day cold soak and a 7-day fermentation period, we pressed on October 14, 2008 using 100% free run and no press fractions. We barreled the wine as 100% 115 clone in medium toast 33% new French oak from Francois Freres. On June 8, 2009, we conducted our first blending session, adding in clones 777 and Pommard (see video).
The 2008 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir is scheduled to be bottled in October 2009 and will be available for delivered in late 2009 / early 2010.