2010 Pahlmeyer Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast

"Floral aromas and those of plum and black cherry come to the fore instantly, while darker forest floor and spice characteristics develop more slowly.  An intense and expressive Pinot with medium body, and pure focus through the finish."  – Kale Anderson, Director of Winemaking September 2012

Composition

100% Pinot Noir

Vineyards

Critics

92 Points

Antonio Galloni, Wine Advocate #199, February 2012

The 2010 Pinot Noir is surprisingly juicy for the vintage. Black cherries, spices and flowers burst from the glass in this deep, expressive Pinot. The wine reveals gorgeous depth and purity all the way through to the resonant finish.

92 Points

Steve Heimoff, Wine Enthusiast, May 2013

Right off the bat, the Pinot impresses for sheer depth of fruity flavor. It's rich and showy with plums and cherries, spicy notes of tobacco and pine, and toasty, new oak. The tannin-acid structure is impeccably balanced. Delicious to drink now, but should also mature beautifully.

Winemaking

Winemaker:
Erin Green
Alcohol:
14.9%
Harvested:
September 30 to October 15, 2010
Bottled:
November 17, 2011
Released:
September 1, 2012

The grape clusters were hand-sorted, and once de-stemmed, the berries were sorted again by hand on the way to tank. After four to five days of pre-fermentation cold maceration in small open-top fermentors, the fruit began 100% native yeast fermentation. Two to three weeks later, the fruit was gently pressed and moved to barrel where it finished primary and secondary fermentations. The wine continued to age in 67% new French oak for fifteen months and it was bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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