2012 Pinot Noir ~ Anderson Valley ~ Charles Vineyard

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Winemaker's Notes:

The Charles Vineyard is located in the Southeast part of Boonville along the Anderson creek in the Anderson Valley in Mendocino County. The Charles family has been in Boonville on this property since 1950 when the land was a lumber mill, then a cattle ranch and converted to vineyards in 1999.  What makes this an ideal location for Pinot Noir is its location; the Anderson Valley opens to the ocean so the cool coastal influences on the weather can cause as much as 50 degree fluctuations in temperature in a single day.  This vineyard is meticulously tended and contains clones 114, 115, 777 and Pommard on three different root stocks.

As will all of our Pinot Noirs, we cold-soaked the grapes for three to four days and then introduced select yeasts.  Once fermentation began, we hand-punched the must in open-top fermenters at least four times a day to keep the temperature and oxygen at the right levels for the yeast to remain active.  Once fermentation was over, the wine was gently pressed and aged for 11 months in Francois Fréres oak barrels.

Tasting Notes:

Once on the palate, this dark ruby wine fulfills the promise of its beauty in the glass.  The clean nose shows notes of brambly, sweet raspberry. Impressively balanced and complex wild raspberry and mineral flavors reveal the quintessential Anderson Valley terroir.  Vibrant acid is complemented by fine tannins from mid-palate to the long, toasty finish.  Drink now through 2022.

Anderson Valley
Harvest Date
September 19, 2012
Harvest Brix
Residual Sugar
10 months in François Frères French oak, 10% new, 90% 1 & 2-year-old
995 cases / 750ml 16 cases / 1.5L

2012  Pinot Noir ~ Anderson Valley ~ Charles Vineyard