2011 Cherry Pie Stanley
Ranch Pinot Noir
2011 was a tricky
harvest, cool, damp weather led to mold and rot with Pinot Noir all
over the region. We spent an inordinate amount of resources going
through the vineyard blocks each day to carefully remove any
damaged clusters before mold could spread. The work paid off. Sun
and dry air came in October and our result is incredible depth and
richness. We carefully chose the blocks to ferment in micro-lots to
isolate the individual flavors and aromas. This wine was mainly
fermented in 500 liter French oak puncheons with hand punch downs.
A portion was aged in stainless and the balance (majority) was aged
in the same puncheons the wine was fermented in that very year. The
wine was never racked or filtered, and rested on gross lees the
entire aging period.
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